The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist's Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis, and Magic

The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist's Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis, and Magic

Wade Davis


In April 1982, ethnobotanist Wade Davis arrived in Haiti to enquire documented situations of zombis -- those that had reappeared in Haitian society years once they were formally declared useless and were buried. Drawn right into a netherworld of rituals and celebrations, Davis penetrated the vodoun mystique deeply sufficient to put zombification in its right context inside vodoun tradition. during his research, Davis got here to achieve that the tale of vodoun is the historical past of Haiti -- from the African origins of its humans to the profitable Haitian independence circulation, all the way down to the current day, the place vodoun tradition is, in impact, the govt of Haiti's geographical region.

The Serpent and the Rainbow combines anthropological research with a amazing own experience to light up and at last clarify a phenomenon that has lengthy involved american citizens.

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