Jiang Shi meaning "Stiff Corpse" is a kind of zombie from Chinese Mythology.
The Jiang Shi can be stopped by throwing rice or coins on the
ground, as they will not pursue their target until they have picked up
all the grains of rice or coins, allowing the target to escape or can
be "deactivated" by placing a sacred piece of paper/Taoist
talisman on their foreheads.
It is the conventional wisdom of feng shui in Chinese architecture
that at the threshold a piece of wood approximately 15 cm high, be
installed along the width of the door at the bottom to prevent a
Jiangshi from entering the household.
The Ancient Greeks might have been the first civilization terrorized by a fear of the undead. Archaeologists have unearthed many ancient graves which contained skeletons pinned down by rocks and other heavy objects to prevent the dead bodies from reanimating or leaving the grave when they did.
In kamarina in south east Sicily they found a lot of evidence in a cemetery. The town had once been a Greek colony in Sicily, which is now part of modern day Italy and housed a cemetery known as Passo Marinaro that was used from the fifth to the third centuries BC.
In two of the tombs, the skeletons found appear to have been buried in specific ways to keep them in the grave.
Their bodies where completely covered by large fragments of amphora.
A reproduction of a sketch by Sicilian archaeologist Giovanni Di Stefano of one of the unusual burials. Notice the large amphora fragments on the individual's head and feet.
Credit: Drawing by D. Weiss from G. Di Stefano's excavation journals.