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THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW: A HARVARD SCIENTIST'S ASTONISHING JOURNEY INTO THE SECRET SOCIETY OF HAITIAN VOODOO, ZOMBIS AND MAGIC 1985 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine DJ SIGNED by Wade Davis
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New York, 1985, 1st edition. 297 pp. Hardcover With Dust Jacket, Near Fine to Fine condition.

SIGNED on the title page by Wade Davis.

A remarkable non-fiction book about Haitian zombies that has become a classic of both scientific research, and popular culture. Essential reading for anyone fascinated by the Zombie phenomenon. This was made into a successful Hollywood film that now has some cult status, starring Bill Pullman.
 
In April 1982, ethnobotanist Wade Davis arrived in Haiti to investigate two documented cases of zombies - people who had reappeared in Haitian society years after they had been officially declared dead and had been buried. Drawn into a netherworld of rituals and celebrations, Davis penetrated the vodoun mystique deeply enough to place zombification in its proper context within vodoun culture.
 
In the course of his investigation, Davis came to realize that the story of vodoun is the history of Haiti - from the African origins of its people to the successful Haitian independence movement, down to the present day, where vodoun culture is, in effect, the government of Haiti's countryside. 'The Serpent and the Rainbow' combines anthropological investigation with a remarkable personal adventure to illuminate and finally explain a phenomenon that has long fascinated Americans.
 

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