Zombies, vampires, and witches are generally the subject of horror films, nowadays. But there are accounts of these beings wreaking havoc in the past. Chee-Lan Chan considers medical explanations for their mysticism
- By: Chee-Lan Chan
Perhaps the hideous one eyed and two headed monsters of Greek mythology are not as sinister as depicted? Are they actually casualties from the lottery of life? Cyclopia results from a loss of midline tissue in gestation causing either a single eye or a fusion of both the eye, while conjoined twins have one body and two heads due to the abnormal or incomplete splitting of the axial area of the germ disc. In an age where medicine is fast becoming the new religion, can it live up to its omniscience by explaining some seemingly unexplainable mysteries of life? Let us take a look at some other notorious antiquated beliefs.
The concept of the zombie originates from Haitian folklore; it is a being that has been raised from the dead by a boko, a voodoo priest, using black magic. It is believed that the sorcerer, after exhuming the corpse, passes