posted on Apr, 15 2005 @ 01:47 PM
There is an intersting study, thats also been fictionalized, so take that for what its worth, about zombies.
Apparently the 'zombie dust/potion' used in haiti contains a mish mash of stuff, and one of these things is poison from the puffer fish.
Now, firstly, the problem is that the concentrations of the poison has never been found to be high enough to have the affect alleged.
Anyway, the idea is that the poison, which can cause paralysis and even allow the mind to be 'awake' and do all sorts of things, is what causes the
zombie effect, you get it, you are paralyzed, people, including doctors, think you are dead (heart rate, breathing, down to nil) you are buried, you
see it all happening, trip out/whatever, wake up, claw your way back, voila, yer a zombie, possibly with brain damage.
One of the peopel who claimed in recent times to be a zombie said that he, and lots of others, were dug up and brought to work in plantations for
illegal products or somesuch, but ended up 'escaping' when the operation was raided/destroyed.
However, puffer fish is consumed in Japan, and there are no tales of Zombies in japan, certainly not like in Haiti. When someone gets poisoned by the
fish, everyone knows whats up.
So an important part of the idea is that Haiti has this mythos of zombies, and that religion is very powerful in haiti and in the minds of haitians.
So when someone has been messed with by these witch doctors and goes thru the expereince, they figure that they are zombies, whereas a japanese
citizen would know better.
Deny ignorance, don't become a zombie.