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Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie

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Publisher Comments:

In 1982, Harvard-trained ethnobotanist Wade Davis traveled into the Haitian countryside to research reports of zombies — the infamous living dead of Haitian folklore. A report by a team of physicians of a verifiable case of zombification led him to try to obtain the poison associated with the process and examine it for potential medical use.

Interdisciplinary in nature, this study reveals a network of power relations reaching all levels of Haitian political life. It sheds light on recent Haitian political history, including the meteoric rise under Duvalier of the Tonton Macoute. By explaining zombification as a rational process within the context of traditional Vodoun society, Davis demystifies one of the most exploited of folk beliefs, one that has been used to denigrate an entire people and their religion.

Review:

"[A] fascinating work....[Davis] presents an extensive analysis of the chemical composition of various poisons reputed to induce a physiological state that could simulate death." Library Journal

About the Author

Wade Davis has studied the zombie phenomenon extensively. He is author of The Serpent and the Rainbow, a chronicle of his experiences in Haiti while trying to locate the zombie poison.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807842102
Designer:
Schultes, Richard E.
Designer:
Thompson, Robert Farris
Designed by:
Thompson, Robert Farris
Designed by:
Schultes, Richard E.
Designed:
Schultes, Richard E.
Designed:
Thompson, Robert Farris
Author:
Thompson, Robert Farris
Author:
Schultes, Richard Evans
Author:
Davis, Wade
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Physiological effect
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Ethnic & Tribal
Subject:
Haiti
Subject:
Religious life and customs
Subject:
Haiti Social life and customs.
Subject:
Zombiism.
Subject:
Tetrodotoxin
Subject:
Bizango
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Haiti; political history; Tonton Macoute; zombification; Vodoun; folk beliefs; voodoo; Latin American studies; religion; anthropology; Caribbean studies
Subject:
Zombiism -- Haiti.
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Tonton Macoute
Subject:
zombification
Subject:
Vodoun
Subject:
folk beliefs
Subject:
Voodoo
Subject:
Latin American studies
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Caribbean Studies
Subject:
Metaphysics-Magic Witchcraft and Paganism
Subject:
Caribbean st
Subject:
udies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 303-326.
Series Volume:
100-194
Publication Date:
May 1988
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
365
Dimensions:
8.98x5.91x1.02 in. 1.20 lbs.

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