The Magic Island

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Courier Dover Publications, Apr 6, 2016 - Social Science - 432 pages
"The best and most thrilling book of exploration that we have ever read … [an] immensely important book." — New York Evening Post
"A series of excellent stories about one of the most interesting corners of the American world, told by a keen and sensitive person who knows how to write." — American Journal of Sociology
"It can be said of many travelers that they have traveled widely. Of Mr. Seabrook a much finer thing may be said — he has traveled deeply." — The New York Times Book Review
This fascinating book, first published in 1929, offers firsthand accounts of Haitian voodoo and witchcraft rituals. Journalist and adventurer William Seabrook introduced the concept of the walking dead ― zombies ― to the West with his illustrated travelogue. He relates his experiences with the voodoo priestess who initiated him into the religion's rituals, from soul transference to resurrection. In addition to twenty evocative line drawings by Alexander King, this edition features a new Foreword by cartoonist and graphic novelist Joe Ollmann, a new Introduction by George A. Romero, legendary director of Night of the Living Dead, and a new Afterword by Wade Davis, Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society.
 

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Contents

Foreword to the 1929 Edition
1
Dort Dessiles who was a papaloi
20
The mamaloi in a scarlet robe
34
Bloodmaddened sexmaddened godmaddened
42
At the left of the altar were the Rada drums
58
And as she sang she was a daughter doomed to die
67
The Altar of Skulls
81
Croyance leading the nine dead men and women
82
A Blind Man Walking on Eggs
127
A Nymph in Bronze
134
The Truth Is a Beautiful Thing
142
IV
150
Face mat gold like a Byzantine polychrome
154
Part Four
162
He had to whip her once or twice a year
190
From the Authors Notebook
286

Dead Men Working in the Cane Fields
92
Strange tales are told of Voodoo in the boudoir
92
No one dared to stop them for they were corpses
98
Antoine Simone president of the republic was active
112
V
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Journalist and explorer William Seabrook (1884–1945) possessed a fascination with the occult that led him across the globe to study magic rituals, train as a witch doctor, and sample human flesh. In addition to publishing more than a dozen books, he wrote for The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, and Vanity Fair.

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