From Library Journal
Haitian zombification, a subject that has provoked a great deal of sensational reporting in the popular press and skepticism in anthropological circles, is analyzed in this fascinating work. The author delves into its physiological, social, and psychological impact, the result of two years of on-site study of the structure and function of the Bizango secret societies. He presents an extensive analysis of the chemical composition of various poisons reputed to induce a physiological state that could simulate death. To transform a person so affected into a zombie through antidotes is part of the pharmacopoeia of the Bizango societies. Of interest both to social scientists and the medical profession. Winnie Lambrecht, Brown Univ., Providence, R.I.
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Davis manages to demystify the concepts 'voodoo' and 'zombie.'
New York Times Book Review
[A] fascinating book.
A remarkable journey into the natural and supernatural world of the zombie.
Moves far beyond formula or sensationalism and directly confronts the 'why' of the zombie phenomenon.
Davis offers the only firsthand account of the structure and functions of clandestine Bizango societies.