Antedating of "Zombie"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Apr 21 21:05:49 UTC 2013

At 4/21/2013 03:09 PM, Stephen Goranson wrote:
>1760 Zambi (3 times)

Not far from "vampire" (1734).


>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.]
>Stephen Goranson
>From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of
>Shapiro, Fred [fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU]
>Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2013 2:50 PM
>Subject: [ADS-L] Antedating of "Zombie"
>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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