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32. The Daedalus Zombie

32. The Daedalus Zombie

Roots of Zombie lore can be traced as far back as Daedalus (further still if you read through Max Brook’s histories). In Greek mythology, Daedalus was the name given to a skilled artisan who is said to have invented images that moved. He is also responsible for building the Labyrinth that held the Minotaur of Crete and he gave Icarus his wings.

What then does Daedalus have to do with Zombies? The Full Zombie answers,

As it happened, Daedalus’s interest was not limited to the physical world; he also dabbed in metaphysics. Specifically, he experimented with the soul and ended up formulating a method that enabled him to transfer the human soul to a machine, thereby conferring immortality to the soul. Unfortunately, little is known about his methodology and the principal tenets of his cosmology.

Now this is a stretch to the rules that we’ve established, but it does follow if you’re willing to take a leap. Daedalus was experimenting with a method to take the souls of the dead and revive them in another form – in many ways this sounds a lot like what the Bokor aim to accomplish and quite a bit like what the virus based zombification methods do.

As for the clip, it is a re-imagining of the Icarus myth starring our new friend Daedalus.

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