How to Make a Zombie: Voodoo Secrets Exposed
There are several ways to make a zombie. Drugs, disease, and hypnosis are the most believable, but dead corpses coming back to life are another possibility according to Voodoo religion. While researching Voodoo for my third novel, Bad Juju, I read reams of articles and books including Wade Davis’s The Serpent and the Rainbow. Davis wrote about his experience with Voodoo while in Haiti searching for an anesthesia for a pharmaceutical company. The book later became a movie that exaggerated Davis’s retelling of Voodoo. Davis was outspoken about it, feeling the movie discredited his observations.
Davis and many others point to the bokors or priests who practice black magic when it comes to zombification. Bokors are trained in resurrecting the dead. But how is that possible?
Skeptics believe the phenomenon can occur because the deceased was never really dead. Supposedly, a poison consisting of toxic plants, bouga toad, millipedes, tarantulas, puffer fish, human remains, and/or tree frog skin puts the victim in a coma deep enough to fool a coroner. Sometimes the victim is still conscious and witnesses his/her own funeral. The bokor digs up the body and gives it Zombie’s Cucumber or datura, a wild flower native to Haiti. A few chants later, some prayers to the loas, and maybe a ceremony with blood exchange, voila-the body wakes up disorientated, in a state of mass confusion. The zombie is manipulated as the bokor’s private instrument for evil doings and slavery.
Wade Davis met a real zombie while in Haiti. He is not the only one to confirm zombification as part of the Voodoo religion.
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