Zombie. From African lore, the word is from the Congolese zumbi, zombi, which means "fetish" or "enslaved spirit". The legend came to Haiti and then America with the slaves. Haitian zombies are living but often have brain damage due to being buried alive. They are often used as slaves.
What is a Haitian zombie? Haitian zombies are people who've been poisoned by Voodoo priests. Puffer fish venom causes extreme paralysis making the person appear dead. The zombie is exhumed and forced to live with the priest. http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/caribarch/zombi.htm
A Zombie (Zonbi) in Haitian culture, derived of Kongo and Twi African cultures, is not merely a figure of the undead. It symbolizes a captive soul, a slave, a body without the power of his/her own volition. (Painting, Wilson Bigaud http://www.umich.edu/~uncanny/zombies.html). Calling Jesus a Zombie on Easter is a huge misunderstanding of both Zombies and Jesus.