The Serpent and the Rainbow - Wade Davis  The book that started it all for me. Zombies! Haiti! Sociology! I blame Wade Davis for my student loans.

The Serpent and the Rainbow - Wade Davis The book that started it all for me. Zombies! Haiti! Sociology! I blame Wade Davis for my student loans.

Zombie.  From African lore, the word is from the Congolese zumbi, zombi, which means "fetish" or "enslaved spirit".  The legend came to Haiti and then America with the slaves.  Haitian zombies are living but often have brain damage due to being buried alive.  They are often used as slaves.

Zombie. From African lore, the word is from the Congolese zumbi, zombi, which means "fetish" or "enslaved spirit". The legend came to Haiti and then America with the slaves. Haitian zombies are living but often have brain damage due to being buried alive. They are often used as slaves.

Baron Semedi - Haiti Voodoo myth. He ensures all corpses rot in the ground to stop any soul from being brought back as a brainless zombie. What he demands in return depends on his mood. Sometimes he is content with his followers wearing black, white or purple clothes or using sacred objects; he may simply ask for a small gift of cigars, rum

Baron Semedi - Haiti Voodoo myth. He ensures all corpses rot in the ground to stop any soul from being brought back as a brainless zombie. What he demands in return depends on his mood. Sometimes he is content with his followers wearing black, white or purple clothes or using sacred objects; he may simply ask for a small gift of cigars, rum

Angelina Narcisse was strolling through an open-air market in L’Estere, Haiti when she let out a terrible scream. Staggering through the crowd was her vacant-eyed brother, Clairvius Narcisse. It was the first time the siblings had seen each other in 18 years—and the last time Angelina stood before him, Clairvius Narcisse was a dead man.

Angelina Narcisse was strolling through an open-air market in L’Estere, Haiti when she let out a terrible scream. Staggering through the crowd was her vacant-eyed brother, Clairvius Narcisse. It was the first time the siblings had seen each other in 18 years—and the last time Angelina stood before him, Clairvius Narcisse was a dead man.

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