According to the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, Zombies come from the Congo. They also believe that there are actually four types of zombi (we spell it zombie) - the Great Spirit, the Spiritual Soul, the Herbal Zombi and the Bargained Zombi.
The creole word ''zombi" is apparently derived from Nzambi, a West African deity but it only came into general use in 1929, after the publication of William B. Seabrook's "The Magic Island". Here is a recount of his first encounter with the walking dead.
- "The eyes were the worst. It was not my imagination. They were in
truth like the eyes of a dead man, not blind, but staring, unfocused,
unseeing. The whole face, for that matter, was bad enough. It was
vacant, as if there was nothing behind it. It seemed not only
expressionless, but incapable of expression."