Zora Neale Hurston



Zora Neale Hurston, escritora norteamericana, cuenta (en inglés) lo que vio en Haití sobre los zombis. Este video es de 1943 y la autora había viajado a Haití para investigar sobre el tema. Al final algunos datos más sobre los zombis y Zora Hurston…

… well, the zombies are supposed to be the living dead, people who died and are resurrected but without their souls and they can take orders and they´re supposed never to be tired…
… I do know that people have been resurrected in Haiti. I do not believe they were actually dead. It was suspended animation…
… People are not buried below ground there; they have the above ground vaults as they do in New Orleans…

… There have been proven cases where folks have been dead, folks thought they were done and months later somebody finds somewhere and some hidden place actually alive…
… It began to strike the dead body to wake him up at the same time holding his soul on his nose and he must answer because his soul is there…
… and when he answers  they handcuff him so that he can´t resist and then they beat him and beat him and finally wake him up thoroughly and he´s carried in the center … and they must march him pass the house where he lived because if they don´t he will regain consciousness someday…
… and this particular zombie, whom I photographed, I think I’m the first person on earth and probably the last to be able to photograph a zombie, she had died in 1907 and nobody saw her anymore until 1937 when she was found naked on a road but she remembered a little…
… The question is whether they can raise people from dead. They have brought drugs from Africa which the so called civilized world does not know about but they will find out perhaps eventually and which produce certain effects…


Para saber
Zombie: el término viene del folklore de Haití, donde un zombi es un cuerpo muerto reanimado a través de diversos métodos, especialmente magia. La palabra inglesa Zombie es registrada por primera vez en 1819 en una historia de Brasil por el poeta Robert Southey, en la forma de Zombi. El diccionario Oxford traza el origen de la palabra al oeste de África. Uno de los primeros libros en exponer el concepto de vudú zombi a la cultura occidental fue The Magic Island de W.B. Seabrook en 1929. 

Zora Neale Hurston (1891 – 1960) fue una escritora norteamericana conocida por la descripción de las luchas raciales en Sud América, y sus trabajos documentando su investigación sobre vudú en Haití. En Nueva York se convirtió en la figura central del Harlem Renaissance.

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