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There is nothing inherently sinister about Voodoo. It is a blend of Roman Catholicism and African tradition practised mainly in Haiti and Louisiana. Curses, Xs, effigy dolls and potions are more often a part of Obia, an underground form of sorcery that is not connected to Voodoo. Unsolved Mysteries
The zombie apocalypse depicted in Hollywood films brings horrifying results. Zombies: The Truth, National Geographic 2010
In the 2002 British horror film 28 Days Later a rampant virus infects a group of people turning them into killer zombies who take over the human population. ibid.
Voodoo is where zombie started. ibid.
Voodoo culture is often portrayed negatively in the media as a force of witchcraft. ibid.
According to tradition slaves who practised voodoo created zombies. ibid.
In 1982 Wade Davis investigated the existence of the toxic poison, and soon found the evidence he needed. ibid.
For the rabies virus to become the zombie virus it would have to go through a series of mutations. ibid.
Another key neurological symptom that zombies display is an extreme level of violence with a hunger for human flesh and brains. ibid.
To some experts hypnosis and mass mind control can also be seen to create a similar unquestioning follower which may share many of the characteristics with zombies. ibid.
Former Haiti dictator Papa Doc Duvalier was said to have a private army of zombies called Tonton Macoute. ibid.
Some scientists do believe the idea of a zombie-like virus is not entirely out of the question in the future. ibid.
There’s also the tradition of voodoo, the Haitian magic arts, in New Orleans. And because New Orleans is below sea level, when they bury people in New Orleans, it’s mostly above ground. So you have this idea that the spirits are more accessible and can access you more easily because they’re not even buried. Sam Trammell
The ceremony mingles the demons of humanity’s oldest fears with elements of a young religion. The result is a faith filled with the spirits of good and evil and tinged with magic. For priest and practitioner alike the cares of the real disappear in the ecstasy of celebration. In Search of s1e22 … Voodoo, 1977
‘Why under Barack Obama was there voodoo in the White House?’ The World According to Putin, Channel 4 2019, Russian presenter
Lola: Step 1) Gaze into the eyes of the voodoo head; Step 2) Name you foe; Step 3) Tell the head what you want – and you must be specific.
Mandy: I want to be the last one standing at the local line-dancing endurance competition. Mandy II: Mandy Bloody Blower, Lola buys head over the internet, BBC 2020
Announcer: Susan Blower wins the award. God rest her soul. ibid. Susan crushed by giant glitterball with voodoo-head mistakenly brought into competition hall and onlooking from table