The serpent and the rainbow book

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the serpent and the rainbow book

THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW by Wade Davis | Kirkus Reviews

A scientific investigation and personal adventure story about zombis and the voudoun culture of Haiti by a Harvard scientist. In April , ethnobotanist Wade Davis arrived in Haiti to investigate two documented cases of zombis—people who had reappeared in Haitian society years after they had been officially declared dead and had been buried. Drawn into a netherworld of rituals and celebrations, Davis penetrated the vodoun mystique deeply enough to place zombification in its proper context within vodoun culture. The Serpent and the Rainbow combines anthropological investigation with a remarkable personal adventure to illuminate and finally explain a phenomenon that has long fascinated Americans. By clicking 'Sign me up' I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use. Must redeem within 90 days. See full terms and conditions and this month's choices.
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The Serpent and the Rainbow book review

The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist's Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombies, and Magic is a book by.

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Too bad they made this wonderful book into a horror flick. The book is about a Harvard trained ethnobotanist who goes to Haiti to learn about some of the naturally occuring compounds used in the Fascinating account of Davis' journey to Haiti in search of the science behind the mystery and rumours surrounding zombification. Davis is an ethnobotanist with impeccable credentials, and he throws Wade Davis received his doctorate in ethnobotany from Harvard University. Author of six books, including One River , he divides his time between Washington, D.

He investigated Haitian Vodou and the process of making zombies. He studied ethnobotanical poisons, discovering their use in a reported case of a contemporary zombie, Clairvius Narcisse. The book presents the case of Clairvius Narcisse , a man who had been a zombie for two years, as showing that the zombification process was more likely the result of a complex interaction of tetrodotoxin , a powerful hallucinogenic plant called Datura , and cultural forces and beliefs. According to the book, the assortment of ingredients in Haitian zombie powder include puffer fish , matter from a corpse specifically to Davis' adventure in Haiti, the bokor, a Haitian shaman , crushed the skull of a deceased infant that had been dead for a month or two, and added it to the poison , freshly killed blue lizards, a large dried toad Bufo marinus with a dried sea worm wrapped around it prepared beforehand , "tcha-tcha" Albizzia , and "itching pea" pois grater , a species of Mucuna. The book inspired the horror film, The Serpent and the Rainbow. Davis' claims were criticized for a number of scientific inaccuracies. In the book, Davis does not suggest that the zombie powder containing tetrodotoxin was used for maintaining "mental slaves", but for producing the initial death and resurrection that convinced the victims and those who knew them that they had become zombies.

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  1. Tajoodeli says:

    In April , ethnobotanist Wade Davis arrived in Haiti to investigate two documented cases of zombis -- people who had reappeared in Haitian society years after they had been officially declared dead and had been buried.

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    The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis

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