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zombification

The purported conversion by magic means to a state in which the awareness of an individual is retained by a sorcerer in a bottle or jar while the body, lacking will or agency, becomes the slave of the sorcerer. Zombification is deemed to be murder in Haiti even if the victim is manifestly still alive. The state is either induced by various poisons or by strong suggestion in a context of powerful superstitious belief. Some zombis have been found to be schizophrenics.
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Most notably, in March 1975, Wade Davis, an ethnobotanist, who affixed his impressions of the ritual of zombification in Passage of Darkness among other texts, traveled to Haiti under The Zombie Project (funded by the Botanical Museum at Harvard) to retrieve the drugs used to create the victims of zombification.
Understanding zombification through mythological lenses lends greater expansion and use of the imagination; it is less insistent that the zombie and its corresponding rituals fit neatly into culture-specific narratives.
victim of zombification suffers a fate worse than death -the loss of individual freedom implied by enslavement, and the sacrifice of individual identity and autonomy implied by the loss of the ti bon ange" (9).
Loin de n'etre restee qu'un point noir de l'histoire coloniale et de l'esclavage, cette thematique baptismale resurgit dans l'imaginaire de la zombification a la faveur de conceptions relatives a l'onomastique des zombi.
Le parachevement magique de son animalisation laissera neanmoins planer une ombre qu'exprime un autre pan de l'imaginaire de la zombification : celle que represente l'eventualite d'un cannibalisme indirect.
Chapter I, "Resisting Zombification," carries over the discussion of Maryse Conde's assertion that "Africa helped me to discover that I am not an African but a French West Indian living in the motherland.
The zombification elixir will turn unsuspecting Sims into brain-hungry, shuffling monsters that are driven to wreak havoc on the town.
This link continues to this day in different forms, as evidenced by the revived popularity of the zombie film, now clearly indicating disease as the origin of zombification.
Some of the pictures do suggest a link between zombification and slavery, as in Val Lewton's more nuanced presentation, but the shifting of black suffering onto white women, and the eliding or underplaying of the oppressive historical circumstances, remains at the films' ideological and visual core.
Molina's version of the zombie movie pointedly tells of a rebellion by the black peons working as serfs on the banana plantations, the revolutionary act that led to their zombification under pressure by the owners; the American film says nothing about such a rebellion.
You find almost every cliche, as you do the ahistorical displacement that unhinges the link between zombification and a specific Afro- Caribbean slavery: now the site of oppression is not a West Indian plantation but an Argentine prison, and the substitute victim not a heterosexual woman but, first and foremost, a homosexual man.
4) In contrapuntal resistance to white supremacist modes of power, Afro-creole cultures have forged repertoires of polyrhythmic consciousness based in a creolizing aesthetics of assemblage that incorporates "diversalities" most fundamentally encountered in multiple pathways of the creole saints (orishas or loa) and their soul musics that shake folk free from monocultural zombifications.