Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wade Davis:Zombie King

So my research has been stemmed from the very influential Wade Davis, author of Passage of Darkness (1988) and The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986) and an article titled: The ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie.

In 1983, Davis first advanced his hypothesis that there is an ethnopharmacological basis for the existence of zombies and tetrodotoxin (TTX) poisoning was the main ingredient in the mixture sorcerers use to zombify someone…Influenced by Dr lamarque douyon- (who uncovered clairvius narcisse,the first medically verifiable zombie)Davis has spearheaded the zombie investigation, causing much debate and inspiring many intrigued followers.

Zora Neale Hurston, anthropologist, folklorist 1938-found a potion that would induce a death like state, but ingredient s were so guarded, impossible to access. But Davis did the impossible; over 4 years gained the trust of several voodoo sorcerers and uncovered the secret potion –documented in serpent and the rainbow

Ingredients: datura stramonium, velvet bean, king toad, puffer fish, hispaniolan boa, bearded fireworm, taranchula, cashew leaves, and the bones of a human child…all ingredients play an equally important role in the production of the substance….when ingested the victim slips into a stupefied state, without speech and will power and is unable to formulate thought, but can move and act.

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