Consider the Zombie

Posted by on April 22, 2020

Zombies as depicted by Hector Hyppolite, Wilson Bigaud and Evelyn Alcide

Vodou belief does not acknowledge death in the sense that is understood in the West: there is no death only transformation. The zombie is a being denied this transformation and trapped in a world it ought to have left. The zombie is not a soul in purgatory, as Christian belief would see it, because it does not by definition have a soul and also because it is not actually dead. It is rather a being trapped in a state without identity and denied the right to a means of life that is rightfully his own.

Richardson, M. and FijaƂkowski, K., 1996. Refusal Of The Shadow. London: Verso.

Vol de Zombis, 1946. Hyppolite, Hector (1894 – 1948)