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The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis - A scientific investigation and personal adventure story about zombis and the voudoun culture of Haiti by a. The Serpent and the Rainbow combines anthropological investigation with a remarkable personal adventure to illuminate and finally explain a. SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW. download IT ONLINE. In April , ethnobotanist Wade Davis arrived in Haiti to investigate two documented cases of zombis.

Reading about all of this, it warmed my heart to think of a peasant uprising.

The Haitian slaves withstood repeated French military attacks, as well as attacks from the Spanish and British imperialists — Haiti really did become a free country, and this is why it became a pariah in a world obsessed with colonialism.

Textbooks always seem to gloss over peasant revolts.

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What I love most about this book is that it is not only a discussion of scientific inquiry, but also a personal journey for Wade Davis. The first time he enters Haiti, he is equipped with a hypothesis and goals. The last time he goes to Haiti at least the last time mentioned in the book , he has a completely revised agenda that centers around a deeper understanding for Haitian culture and community.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading mysteries, or who is interested in science, religion, folklore, colonial history, anthropology, ethnobotany, and all things strange and mystical. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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Notify me of new posts via email. An excerpt: Some Things I Learned Belladonna, an herb that induces extremely powerful hallucinations, was often used by witches.

Thus the plantation owners in a calculated gesture had inadvertently sown the seeds of an agrarian peasantry. This is often caused by consumption of the Puffer fish — a delicacy in Japan! Japan does not have an intricate belief system created that allows for zombis to be a major part of society life. With the slightest movement of the glass ball, as would occur if breathing began, the spring would be released, causing the lid of the box to fly open and admit both light and air to the buried coffin… A flag sprang four feet above the box, a bell began to ring and continued for thirty minutes, and an electric lamp ignited.

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His findings can be found summarised in various places online, but I won't spoil the surprise here because following him on his quest is well worth the adventure. One is by no means infallible and involves a brain scan and cardiogram.

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