posted on Jul, 1 2006 @ 04:51 AM
The idea of a rotting corpse brought back to life possibly has more to do with the work of novels and movies. However the idea of zombies as drugged
individuals, pronounced dead and then buried alive in a coffin awaiting complete brainwashing appears to hold more truth.
An American biologist Wade Davis suspected that some mysterious substances were used in zombification and he set about to find them. He discovered
two noteworthy constituents:
- tetrodotoxin – obtained from puffer fish – an effective nerve poison, inducing deep paralysis.
- A fluid – secreted by the skin glands of the highly poisonous cane toad Bufo marinus – an effective hallucinogen and strong anaesthetic.
Other drugs such as ‘zombie cucumber’ Datura stramonium were thought to aid in the resuscitation and mind control of the victim.
It was also found that if persons that had been paralysed using the above drugs and left in their coffins too long, the effects of the mind
controlling drug Datura stramonium were enhanced due to oxygen starvation, also adding to irreversible brain damage.
I love this sort of stuff, so if you're actually really interested, please check out:
One of the many ATS topics on zombies
...in addition, check out "The Serpent and the Rainbow" by the aforementioned Wade Davis. It's a really great book on the subject, and the best
answer you'll get.
, do you really
believe that? Have you never seen any one of the hundreds of thousands
cases of people being revived from death? I find that hard to believe...