Antedating of "Zombie"

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sun Apr 21 19:09:22 UTC 2013

1760 Zambi (3 times)
An Universal history, from the earliest account of time. vol 16 (1760) p. 229
George Sale;  George Psalmanazar;  Archibald Bower;  George Shelvocke;  John Campbell;  John Swinton
English Book Book 65 v. plates, fold. maps, fold. plans, fold. geneal. table 21 cm.
London, Printed for T. Osborne [etc.];view=1up;seq=235;q1=zombi;start=1;size=10;page=search;num=229

Stephen Goranson
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zombie (OED 1819)

1788 _Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure_ Sept. 117 (ProQuest)  The _Zombies_ make a great figure in the superstition of the Negroes.  Like the _Larvae_ of the ancients, they are supposed to be the spirits of dead wicked men, that are permitted to wander, and torment the living.

Fred Shapiro

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