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When the US zombie craze was in its infancy a few years ago (or at least I believe it was then, maybe I was just a late comer??), I remember hearing about Haitian zombies and how the zombie concept may have originated there.  The current issue of Harper’s appears to have a very interesting article on the concept (full article is available to subscribers; so I’ve only read the excerpt, though will certainly buy this on the newsstand).  Below is my favorite excerpt:

The politicians and the rich want to abandon the traditional ways, but zombies are real. They work like a slave or a maid. They work on the computers as well, making accounts.”

“What kind of accounts?” I ask.

“Eh, like spreadsheets, they make Excel.”

I almost choke, and feel compelled to unbutton my collar and ask for clarification, “You say they work on computers making Excel spreadsheets?” Alex’s face is straight. “Yes, they use the computer, they make the spread-sheets.”

I now also want to read The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist’s Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis, and Magic


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