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The Serpent and the Rainbow

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This classic work of anthropological narrative nonfiction, written in 1985, follows Harvard ethnobotanist Wade Davis to Haiti on a mission to discover the drug compounds at the root of zombie-making voodoo practices. Davis learns how such magical potions are made by bribing and befriending a local houngan (priest of voodoo, or "Voudon" as it's referred to in this book) and the chemicals he finds end up proving to be of value to the field of anesthesiology. He dispels Western preconceptions and fears about the nature of zombies and voodoo ceremonies, as over the course of the story he comes to realize that the fate of slavery beyond death is administered to law breakers as a part of a complex localized judicial system. This is an exciting blend of botanical treatise, travelogue, and blood-soaked Haitian history lesson. It also provides an intriguing glimpse inside a very complex and strange culture. Despite the ultimately positive conclusion of Davis's explorations, the book was adapted into a more conventionally creepy movie in 1988 by horror maestro Wes Craven.

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ISBN 9780684839295
Autograph N/A
Pages N/A
Author Davis, Wade
Publisher Simon And Schuster
Publication date 25 Aug 1997
Format Paperback