It's contents can vary ,depending upon who makes it,but various ingredients always remain constant.
One is poison from a puffer fish,and one is secretions from the bufo frog.
Every bokor,has a personal recipe .
(And it is the same puffer fsh that the Japanese eat as a delicacy,BTW)
It's probably most commonly used in Haiti,but its used where ever voodoo is in play,usually.
If one ingests the powder,they say when you are revived,your will is no longer your own.
You do the bidding of whomever is your master.
It's used to instill fear in the subjects.I think its mostly a mental thing,thinking they are now truely zombies ,so they obey .
It's really a means to an end for free slave labor ,in these countries.
It can be a powder,blown into your face,or a liquid,slipped into a drink.
However,haitians truely believe the dead can be ressurected,or body parts used for evil spells.
When a loved one dies,their family,like whole family,sleep at the graveside ,to ensure the body isn't stolen within 48,hours of death .
I think they believe a body is viable for ressurection for only 2-3 days,thus the 48 hour vigil.
Zombie powder,as far as I know,only works on the living,and simulates death,but the person is not dead,at all.
Albeit a terrible movie,but serpent and the rainbow is based on a true story,of a man's search for this substance.
Because of his story,the US medical community,researched the compound,to see if it had any modern medical application .
I dare say its used covertly ,if it is used.
I think there was talk of using it for anesthesia for surgery .
Edited by Simbi Laveau, 27 April 2012 - 10:56 PM.