Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie / Edition 1

Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie / Edition 1

by Wade Davis
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ISBN-10:
0807842109
ISBN-13:
2900807842101
Pub. Date:
05/27/1988
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
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Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie / Edition 1

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.

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ISBN-13: 2900807842101
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 05/27/1988
Edition description: 1
Pages: 365
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)

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