Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Zombies Revealed


Okay.  What a coincidence that I would happen to read about Zombies in my class yesterday.  I answered a comment about it.  So, I decided, rather than rewrite the Zombie history, I would just copy it here.  It's so interesting!

 Speaking of Zombies-I just read an article for my Human Heritage class.  It was so interesting. The gist of it is that it's the Haitian form of capital punishment.  They rub poison (the voodoo priest or some such), derived from a puffer fish, on someone's skin-an undesirable/unpopular no good-and they actually become      like they are dead.  It lowers everything, like breathing, to an undetectable rate.  They get buried legally and dug up, clandestinely, as soon as possible.  That person's luck has run out if it actually kills them.  If not they are kept continually drugged with another tranquilizer-hence the zombie effect and forced to work as laborers.  This scientist that went to live there and solve the mystery said that apparently the only thing worse than being a zombie is the thought of becoming one.  I think that would be a great deterrent as the thought of being forced to go through that would be so frightening. It all stems from the slave uprising against the French in the 1600's and the fact that these poor Africans were forced to live in Haiti as slaves.  There's your history/science lesson for the day!  I love that class and will be sad when it's over with in 2 weeks.

Whenever I think of Zombies I think of the old movie with Bob Hope called "Ghost Breakers".  There are zombies all throughout the movie but it's in Cuba.  Fair warning:  politically incorrect for all of you that are sensitive.  It really stereotypes African Americans but if you can put that aside it really is a funny and entertaining movie. It scared the heck out of me when I was little because of the ghosts in the mansion.

Want the zombie magnet up top? Head over to tinaseamonster's Etsy Shop. (she has lots of cool zombie stuff!)

12 comments:

Linda Tunnell said...

love your zombie post...I need to get that magnet for my daughters family. My son-in-law is a zombie fan. hows school going?

Cro Magnon said...

I'd never heard of this before. Where can I get hold of these fish? I've a few candidates just waiting for A GOOD RUBBING.

Bisou, Cro.

Julie said...

Thanks, Linda. Yeah. The zombie magnet looks so fun. I went to the seller's blog and it sounds like she and her family are having a rough time with her husband's health. Prayers are in order here. It sounds like heart disease and they have little kids. Life just isn't fair sometimes.

Yes,Cro, I can think of a few myself....unfortunately...and maybe some people would like to rub the puffer concoction on me! Ha ha!

Jill said...

Fascinating! - especially in light of the recent disasters in Haiti. What class is this you are taking?

Julie said...

It's called Human Heritage. I thought that would be a dull class and it is an eyepopping opposite of what I expected. Plus I have a great teacher. It's an anthropology class at the University of Utah where I'm a senior in Art History.

PeggyR said...

Thanks for posting on my blog! Your art is nice!

Julie said...

Thanks so much! And you're welcome! Glad you stopped by.

Sandy said...

Wow, so Zombies exist,....ohhhh.. I will definitely have to go read up on this.

Sandy said...

Oh..just went and looked at her "zombie" stuff. Love her t-shirts.

Julie said...

Me too. She is TOO funny!

josh pincus is crying said...

You want zombies? I'll give you ZOMBIES!

Julie said...

Drat, Josh! I tried twice to submit a comment on your blog and both times I lost what I had written and it wouldn't let me do it. I'm not going for 3rd try this time.

Great great zombie piece. It really compliments mine on my blog. Would love to post it there if that's okay with you. The zombie illustration is too fun for words and love the one looking at his watch. In other words, "So. How long do I have before I have to go back to the zombie shack? It's boring over there. Especially a drag because there's nothing good to eat roaming around."

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