The Serpent and the Rainbow
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A scientific investigation and personal adventure story about zombies and the will of Haiti’s culture by Harvard scientistIn April 1982, ethnobotanist Wade Davis arrived in Haiti to investigate two documented cases of zombies, people who had reappeared in Haitian society years after they were officially declared dead and buriedDesigned in another world, rituals and celebrations, Davis penetrated the mystical voodoo deep enough for zombification place in its context within the voodoo cultureAs part of his investigation, Davis came to realize that the history of voodoo is the history of Haiti, from the African origins of his people to the success of the Haitian independence movement, until today, where the voodoo culture is, in effect, the government of the Haitian countrysideThe Serpent and the Rainbow combines anthropological investigation with a remarkable personal adventure to illuminate and finally explain a phenomenon that has long fascinated Americans.
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