Passage of Darkness
The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie


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Passage of Darkness
The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie

by Wade Davis (Author)



ISBN: 9780807842102


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Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie

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.


ISBN 807842109
ISBN13 9780807842102
Publisher The University of North Carolina Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 31/07/1988
Pages 365
Weight (grammes) 567
Published in United States
Height (mm) 235
Width (mm) 156