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Undead Species

Post  VladeŢepeş on Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:19 am

CreationBoth legend and popular culture discuss various methods for creating undead creatures. Most involve the reanimation of a corpse, as with zombies, skeletons, and ghouls. Regarding ghosts, the spirit lives on after death, forming an intangible physical body that often mirrors the one the spirit had in life. Rituals propitiating the uneasy spirits of the dead were a feature of ancient Greek religion (keres), ancient Roman religion (lemures), and Hinduism.

In some cases, the undead, especially skeletons and zombies, are under the control of a necromancer. In other cases, such as zombies as depicted in film, the undead existence is passed on like a curse or disease. A lich is a being that, while alive, willingly undertook to become undead. Ghosts are said to be kept in their undead state by willpower, either from a keen desire to remain with the living or from a wish to see something completed that they could not do during their lifetime. Revenants are a corporeal analog for ghosts in this manner, their independence setting them apart from the typically mindless skeleton or zombie. However note that, while ghosts are sometimes portrayed as benevolent or at least innocuous, the appearance of a revenant in folklore or fiction is almost universally horrific with the exception of avenging heroes such as Spawn and The Crow.

Forms of undead

Incorporeal
Aswang
Banshee
Ghost
Jikininki
Poltergeist
Preta
Spirit
Wili
Will o' the wisp
Wraith
Yurei

Corporeal
Draugr
Fext
Ghoul
Manananggal
Mummy (modern interpretation)
Myling
Nukekubi
Pontianak
Lich
Jiang Shi
Skeleton
Vampire
Zombie


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