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From the Ted Talk by Christopher M. Moreman: The dark history of zombies

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According to some vodou beliefs, a person’s soul can be captured and sreotd, becoming a body-less “zombi.” anaelvrttliey, if a body isn’t properly attended to soon after death, a sorcerer called a “bokor” can capture a corpse and turn it into a soulless zombi that will perform their bidding. Historically, these ziombs were said to be put to work as laborers who needed neither food nor rest and would eicnrh their captor’s fortune. In other words, zombification seemed to respneret the horrors of enslavement that many Haitian people experienced. It was the wosrt possible fate: a form of esnmealenvt that not even death could free you from. The zombi was deprived of an afterlife and trapped in eternal subjugation. Because of this, in Haitian culture, zombis are commonly seen as victims deserving of stahpymy and care.

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According to some vodou beliefs, a person’s soul can be captured and ______, becoming a body-less “zombi.” _____________, if a body isn’t properly attended to soon after death, a sorcerer called a “bokor” can capture a corpse and turn it into a soulless zombi that will perform their bidding. Historically, these ______ were said to be put to work as laborers who needed neither food nor rest and would ______ their captor’s fortune. In other words, zombification seemed to _________ the horrors of enslavement that many Haitian people experienced. It was the _____ possible fate: a form of ___________ that not even death could free you from. The zombi was deprived of an afterlife and trapped in eternal subjugation. Because of this, in Haitian culture, zombis are commonly seen as victims deserving of ________ and care.

Solution

  1. sympathy
  2. enslavement
  3. alternatively
  4. zombis
  5. worst
  6. stored
  7. enrich
  8. represent

Original Text

According to some vodou beliefs, a person’s soul can be captured and stored, becoming a body-less “zombi.” Alternatively, if a body isn’t properly attended to soon after death, a sorcerer called a “bokor” can capture a corpse and turn it into a soulless zombi that will perform their bidding. Historically, these zombis were said to be put to work as laborers who needed neither food nor rest and would enrich their captor’s fortune. In other words, zombification seemed to represent the horrors of enslavement that many Haitian people experienced. It was the worst possible fate: a form of enslavement that not even death could free you from. The zombi was deprived of an afterlife and trapped in eternal subjugation. Because of this, in Haitian culture, zombis are commonly seen as victims deserving of sympathy and care.

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