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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...old.. He pulled one of the stools to the window that overlooked the physic garden, threw open the lattice and stretched out his arms, resting the flattened elbows on the window-sill. He kept them there, outspread, while the spent rain-drops pattered down from the vine-leaves into the palms of his hands. He stretched out his arms, as though exhausted with a long and critical exertion, which was now over, altogether done with and completed. He could relax all the muscles, let them lie open to the heavens in that awkward, helpless posture, for their work was done. And the perfumes from the fresh garden, all moistened with the night's rain, came steaming up to him through the vapour of sunlight. He could distinguish them, he thought, as he could notes of music. There was the sweet, light scent of herb frankincense, so gay and wholesome to the senses. That coarser, heavier perfume, mingling with it, yet easily distinguishable, came--he knew well--from the great clump Suddenly in the deep silence of the garden, he heard a sound he knew. Some one was rattling the broad iron padlock on the gate of the enclosure. He listened again to be sure, and again he heard that furtive and discordant sound. This was the signal Rosalie made when she came, but why should she come in the morning? A third time it sounded, and then Narcisse sprang to his feet, fearing to be too late to detain her, snatched up the vast key, darted down the stairs and turned, in a moment, H into the arched way. Yes, there was Rosalie, weeping, and shaking the lock of the gate in her distress. When she saw him she tossed her tears aside, and leaned, facing him, against the iron grille. There was something tentative in her attitude, which gave her the look of an animal at bay, half...
In 1982, Harvard-trained ethnobotanist Wade Davis traveled into the Haitian countryside to research reports of zombies--the infamous living dead of Haitian folklore. A report by a team of physicians of a verifiable case of zombification led him to try to obtain the poison associated with the process and examine it for potential medical use. Interdisciplinary in nature, this study reveals a network of power relations reaching all levels of Haitian political life. It sheds light on recent Haitian political history, including the meteoric rise under Duvalier of the Tonton Macoute. By explaining zombification as a rational process within the context of traditional Vodoun society, Davis demystifies one of the most exploited of folk beliefs, one that has been used to denigrate an entire people and their religion.
A scientific investigation and personal adventure story about zombis and the voudoun culture of Haiti by a Harvard scientist. In April 1982, ethnobotanist Wade Davis arrived in Haiti to investigate two documented cases of zombis—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.
The first work to attempt a complete collection of his letters, some highlighted by sketches on the backs. There are several photographs of his family and friends, and reproductions of several of his most famous drawings.