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The Jiangshi: History Of Chinese Zombies Predates Western Zombie Pop Culture

The physical appearance of a jiangshi varies significantly depending upon the origin of the creature, often described as a cross between a vampire and zombie.

When many of us hear talk of reanimated corpses staggering stiffly around the streets with their arms outstretched, trying to eat people, we think “zombie”.  But if you’re in China, yelling “Zombie” in a crowd just might go unnoticed. Instead, if you want to motivate folks to flee the advancing undead hoard, you’re better off screaming “Jiangshi!” No, not the …

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