Did zombies exist in biblical times and did they still have stiff necks back then?
Well, I suppose, technically, Lazarus would qualify. There's no mention of him eating brains, though.
Actually, many have gone into a comma like state, and thought dead. Some have been like this long enough to be buried. Some have made themselves heard, and saved, some caskets have been dug up and the upper part of the inside was scratched, as if someone-the person inside-was trying to get out.
Modern meds have ways to know if the person is dead, and some have been saved this way. So if you find someone who was healthy, but passed out and there is no sign of life, you may want to make sure.
I'm more worried about someone finding me in that state lol
Actually, yech is in a comma like state.
Back in the 1800s and into the 1900s, being buried alive was such a common fear that there were dozens of inventions in case it happened, so that the unfortunate who was in the coffin could signal to someone that they were still alive. At least in America. I've never looked at European history as far as that particular subject goes. People really were terrified of the idea or premature burial. Even Poe wrote about it. A lot of people refused to be cremated during that time, too. I'm sure the thought of suddenly waking up surrounded by flames was disquieting to say the least. I've never checked to see if it's a fear at all nowdays, but very common back then. Mostly because medicine was quite crude and many doctors not very good and it was an event that happened frequently. Though, were I buried alive, it might be kinder to leave m,e there. I mean, I can't imagine being trapped in a coffin, underground, would lead to mental stability.