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Sunday, February 15, 2015

All about Zombies at Fairchild Garden lecture

Fairchild Palms Lecture Series presents "The Serpent and the Rainbow: An Exploration of Haitian Voodoo, Secret Societies and Zombies."  According to popular Haitian belief, zombies are the living dead, individuals raised in a trance from their graves by malevolent sorcerers and led away to face a life of terror and uncertainty.

The lecture is Wednesday, February 18 at 7 pm.

In early 1982 a team of prominent physicians and psychiatrists approached the Harvard Botanical Museum with an astonishing report of the discovery of the first medically documented case of zombification. Professor Richard Evans Schultes, then Director of the Museum, assigned Mr. Wade Davis the task of traveling to Haiti to search for the formula of the folk preparation reputedly employed by Vodoun sorcerers to induce a state of apparent death so profound that victims could actually be misdiagnosed as dead. 
Wade received his doctorate in ethnobotany from Harvard University and is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society.

 This lecture recounts the discovery of that toxin -- a powder containing an extremely potent nerve poison 160,000 times stronger than cocaine which drastically reduces metabolism and brings on total peripheral paralysis, even though consciousness is retained.

Fairchild's Lecture Series tickets are included with Garden admission. $25 for non members and free for Fairchild Members. Tickets for non members can be purchased the day of the lecture or pre-purchased. 


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. Lecture info here.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Dexter said...

Where's my Bicycle?

February 15, 2015 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is the lecture? I don't see a day/time listed here or at the linked site.

February 17, 2015 1:25 PM  
Blogger Fairchild Membership volunteer said...

To Anonymous: If you click on the link in the last sentence of the article, you will find all the information you need.

February 17, 2015 2:11 PM  

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