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Term: Zombie


Zombie: In Haitian Voodoo, a person who has been brought back from the dead as a robotic automaton to do the bidding of the Voodoo practitioner responsible for the resurrection. For many decades considered a myth or someone entranced, in 1982 ethnobotanist Wade Davis investigated and discovered that there is a type of poison that can give the appearance of death and harms the mind such that a person, for a time, acts like the prototypical zombie. He wrote about this in the groundbreaking book, The Serpent and the Rainbow.


Hypnosis Myths
There are probably more myths, misconceptions, and misinformation about hypnosis than any other subject. This is due in large part to movies, television, and novels that make no attempt to be truthful in dealing with hypnosis. They are more ...
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Vodou - An African Shamanic Tradition
At first sight, shamanism and Vodou - what Hollywood has introduced into the popular imagination as "voodoo" - seem to have little in common. The former seems based on peaceful co-existence with nature and the elements, while the latter, in so far ...
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What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a daydream-like state. In this state, the person’s conscious mind becomes quiet or passive. The hypnotist introduces suggestions into the powerful subconscious mind. Let’s take a brief, slightly technical look at how the brain operates. ...
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The mighty dead, divination, and portals to other worlds… there are so many places to celebrate Samhain in the northeastern United States… The cooler weather, the colorful leaves, and, as the memes say, "Pumpkin everything!" Like so many witches, autumn is my favorite season, and Samhain, my favorite Sabbat. As a child I loved... read this article
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