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Real Zombies Of Haiti

The shuffling, creepy zombies associated with low budget cult films are a fact of life in Haiti.

Haitians so greatly fear the bodies of dead loved ones being stolen and turned into zombies they will often dismember a dead relative before burial. Others will stand guard over fresh family graves until decomposition makes the body worthless.

The bokor is the voodoo sorcerer of Haiti, and instils terror into the hearts of the living. He can create paralysis or death by spreading a powder on the ground where someone walks.

He will often create misery by ritually damaging a voodoo doll representing an intended victim. But his greatest power is his ability to make zombies.

Voodoo lore suggests that the bokor traps his victim’s soul by sucking it out of the body and sealing it in a bottle. Death and burial soon follow.

The bokor goes to the grave at night, opens it and calls the victim’s name. The bottle containing the victim’s soul is passed briefly under the nose to revive the body, and the zombie is led away.

Rituals, drugs, and shocking beatings are issued to the zombie in copious quantities to ensure absolute compliance.

Real Haitian Zombie

Real Haitian Zombie


An American scientist revealed in 1982 that the bokor used a slow acting poison to paralyse his victims. The zombie-like state is created by a substance that contains tetrodotoxin, a chemical which lowers a person’s metabolic rate to the point where he appears to be dead.

Once buried, the victim often does die from the poison or from suffocation. If he is still alive when the bokor reaches him, he will be forced to eat a mysterious paste containing a powerful psychoactive substance such as datura stramonium – known as the zombie cucumber.

This causes memory loss and disorientation. The new zombie will soon become a submissive slave to his master the bokor.

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Angeline Ruth from Pateros Metro Manila on November 09, 2012:

Whether they are real or not, we should be careful and trusting God. Anyway, thank you for the information. :)

D3S on June 25, 2012:

:D haha I knew there were zombies somewhere out there...

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maria sepulveda on June 12, 2012:

I believe in sick minded people. but in zombies no way that's real crap..

Lipstick Mystic on June 09, 2012:

There ARE real zombies in the astral plane, that dimension or "zone" we travel to during sleep. A lot of people are spiritually dead, that is, disconnected from energies like love, higher awareness, that type of thing. I wrote an article about this metaphysical perspective and talk about my own periodic real zombie encounters here:

My Real Zombie Experiences

Mara on May 29, 2012:

Although the statements here are compliant with everything else I have studied about the Haitian Zombies, it seems you have your facts a little twisted with the ceremony itself. As far as I have read, the psychoactive drug and the DTT are fed to a person who has already been put into a state of trance, and they are given together or around the same time. The person then goes into a dissociative state, possibly even a state of paralysis. That is when the person is put under the ground.

Nonetheless - the practice is real. There is debate as to whether the bokor truly has turned the living into a zombie slave or if it has to do with the strong drugs given to the living, as well as the mental trauma they go through when they "awaken". I'd imagine if someone fed me such strong drugs and buried me underground while I was tripping and half-paralyzed that I would probably question if I was alive or not when I came up from the grave as well.

Southern bell on May 28, 2012:

This explains the zombie attack in Miami.

Joe on April 19, 2012:

There is no telling HOW many people did not truly die and were being used as zombie labor!

matt on April 10, 2012:

zombies have no control of their actions. they are inhumane greedy by no fault of their own. the chemical changes that attack their minds and hearts effect their ability to choose from right and wrong leaving them as possibly monsters or even slaves depending on if you refer to man made or zombies by a natural plague in the air. zombies have no feeling. when you get cut or burned you will react and do your best to relive the pain. zombies proceed to come at you because they don't feel that pain so they have no need to stop or respond to it. zombies do not go for your brains! they have brains... a little less active brains but brains nun the less! zombies need blood. of course they have blood because in order for the body to work and move you need blood. but zombies blood is infected by a virouse or a chemical that when it circulates through the brain it causes it to mouth-function and work in ways i could not explain,but the point is that the clean blood that you have has been just like the stuff that worked in their system for so long that it has become a kneed or addiction. something that must be replaced with their present blood.

skeptic? on March 24, 2012:

The Dept of Homeland Security has released official "how to survive the Zombiepocalypse" postings with the explanation that the guidelines are near identical for "how to survive a natural disaster". Colleges are also offering credited classes on zombie survival skills.

Most pregnant women know that they are not supposed to handle cat litter or feces, but not really told why. Its bcause of a virus mice called the Mondi parasite. It forces tumors to grow in a mouse's brain, causing the mouse to have uncontrollable urges to seek out cat urnine, instead of fear the urine's apex predator, the common house cat. The Mondi virus needs the conditions found inside the belly of a cat to complete its reproductive cycle. If the mondi virus gets into a pregnant human host, it will kill the fetus. All we need know is for the mondi virus to mutate to control the human host, unless it has already. One more tweak, and we could all be victims of purposefully grown brain tumors that may cause us to seek out our death, or stumble around trying to take the life of others.

Oh yeah, over half the world's population is already infected with the mondi virus. Cosmic radiation, chemical recombination, infecting the right( or wrong ) person or any number of ways this parasite could cause total breakdown of modern society

DWW on March 23, 2012:


your nonsence is one persons common sence. keep that in mind for next time -.-

MsSantaella on March 20, 2012:

I am a practioner and student of the Santeria. Laugh if you will but there are some things that you do not want to invite into your life.

Amanda on March 02, 2012:

Nonsense, utter nonsense there are no such things as zombies, sorry to burst your bubbles, unless you are on some good lsd i guess. If zombies were real and arrived at my front step, id do like the movie 'night of the living dead' and grab my shotgun and shoot them, cover them with gasoline and set them ablaze. Lay off the acid and the horror movies please.

Brandon Nault on February 11, 2012:

Well I Believe This 100 Percent Cause ir's all over The Internet and Stuff The Day Will Come I know I Sound Crazy I Watch too Much Movie's and Play Too Many Video Game's.

cj on January 14, 2012:

i belived zombies are real

Rk Kasparian from Victorville, California on December 24, 2011:

well ill be ready for a zombie attack because ill run to walmart

Rk Kasparian from Victorville, California on December 24, 2011:

this is scary what is someone in the USA decides this crap bringing people back from the dead?

jimmari on December 24, 2011:

u know ima kid and all but i think tha zombies have only attion to anything tha makes noise.but iv'e heard of stories of people comin back to life.crazy huh? but i think there's a solution to all this. it's ether cause of an infected bug or an experrameant all gone wrong.i also think tha why there wandering cause maybe their tryin to find something?

hipstergurl on December 24, 2011:

So.. Are they actually zombies or just drugged up people who act like zombies? I'm confused!

Mark on December 11, 2011:

What is definitely true is the story of Clairvius Narcisse. He was a Haitian guy who was declared dead by two doctors and buried in 1962. They found him wandering around the village 18 years later. It turned out the local voodoo priests had been using naturally occurring chemicals to basically zombify people and putting them to work on the sugar plantations (no, really).

So, the next time you're pouring a little packet of sugar into your coffee, remember that it may have been handled by a zombie at some point. This is real stuff that has been leaked out from ppl that worked for the government and know there dead

Nameless on December 11, 2011:

If you don't believe in zombies then I dare you to go get the swine flu shot!! The shot that has the zombie virus in it.. And then you can see for yourself how it is real!!! This is no laughing matter!!

Mark on December 11, 2011:

What Is A Zombie?

A zombie is "the living dead", people who have died and than have been reanimated (or, more simply, rose from the dead). They experience no pain and have no other thoughts than to simply devour the living. They have no recolection of past lives, so, except under extremly rare circumstances, they will not respond to loved things or people.

How Do You Become A Zombie?

You can become a zombie three ways, (1) by being bitten by a zombie, (2) zombie blood getting into your bloodstream (yes they have blood), or (3) by contracting the disease itself (read paragraph below on Zombititus).

You see, the zombie transformation is actually a virus called "Zombititus". It spreads much like AIDS, but is believed (by experts such as myself) to have originated in tombs of the ancient Egyptians. When archeologists and grave robbers began disturbing the sleeping mummies, they also let loose a dormant disease that has come back with vengance.

What Are The Symptoms Of Zombititus?

Zombititus has a few obvious symptoms. First, the infected area (if you are bitten) turns black. You begin to feel delusional and are unaware of what is going on. You find it diffucult to perform even the simpilist of tasks. Your bodily functions slow down, and your mind deteriorates. Eventually you die (this can all happen in as long as two days, or as short as two hours depending on the severity of the bite). Once you are dead, the disease continues to eat away at your body, like a rapid decompisition (once again, this can take up to two weeks or it can happen in a few hours). When all life has been destroyed, the corpse is revived (often times, it has already been buried, which is where zombies rising from their graves came from), and the monster goes on his killing spree.

How Can I Protect Myself From A Zombie?

Protecting yourself is actually quite simple. The easiest thing to do (if faced with one or two) is to run away and get to a safe shelter. Don't worry about trying to run like an Olympic Athlete, zombies can not run, and they can't walk very fast either. Therefore, you can easily escape one without tiring yourself out. Just remember the story about the tortise and the hare!

A safe shelter would be, preferably, a tornado shelter or bomb shelter, but as not everyone has the luxury of a steel and concrete bunker hidden in their backyard, it is best to improvise. In your home, barricade all doors and windows in the house, making sure that nothing can break through. Keep all the necesities needed to survive near you, including a gun. That way, if a zombie does manage to enter your house, you don't need to scramble around looking for a weapon. Remember, ALWAYS AIM TO BLOW THEIR BRAINS OUT!!!

(another quick solution, burn your zombie to a crisp, although I would warn you to get out of the way to avoid burning up too.)

If you are not near your home and do not have a weapon, quickly escape to the nearest safe place, a friends home would do nicely. Avoid running to cities because even though that will help you, it will not help the poor souls that get bitten when they run into the zombie. Of course, if you don't want to destroy the zombie, you can always dash off and allow the zombie to get lost all on its own.

How Smart Are Zombies?

Zombies are perhaps, the smartest thing next to turkey's. They have absolutly no intelligance.

How Are Zombies Like Humans?

Except for the fact that zombies began as humans, there is absolutly no similarities. They have no hand-eye coordination, so they cannot climb or swim. They do not breathe and do not bleed when cut, though blood remains in their bodies. They use none of their organs, even the digestive track stops working. Also, they cannot heal and remain alive unless their head is severed from the body, or the brain is completely blown out. Zombies have no emotions and are impossible to tame. Never try to reason with a zombie, they have no response to emotion. In short, zombies are exactly what they seen: walking corpses.

What Happens If I Am Bitten By A Zombie?

Than you're dead, Zombititus has no cure. I would suggest killing yourself as soon as possible. And just think about it hard it's happening all around you and you don't see it . Madcow is one of the starts of the hole zombies .ppl control governments way of kill off ppl it spread fast with mad cow and that's what they wanted to see . And to see how fast they could stop it . And they are putting the zombie virus in the swine flu shots .

Mark on December 11, 2011:

Zombies appear regularly on our TV screens, as more Tales of the Undead are unleashed upon us, and some old ones exhumed. But here's a surprise - zombies can be real.

In real life, the zombies come from the Caribbean island of Haiti. They are a person who has been almost-killed, and then later raised from the almost-dead by a voodoo priest, to be used as slave labour for the rest of their miserable life. Zombies can move, eat, hear and speak, but they have no memory and no insight into their condition. There have been legends about zombies for centuries, but it was only in 1980 that a real-life case was documented.

The story begins in 1962, in Haiti. A man called Clairvius Narcisse was sold to a zombie master by his brothers, because Clairvius refused to sell his share of the family land. Soon after Clairvius "officially" died, and was buried. However, he had been later secretly unburied, and was actually working as a zombie slave on a sugar plantation with many other zombies. In 1964, his zombie master died, and he wandered across the island in a psychotic daze for the next 16 years. The drugs that made him psychotic were gradually wearing off. In 1980, he accidentally stumbled across his long-lost sister in a market place, and recognized her. She didn't recognise him, but he identified himself to her by telling her early childhood experiences that only he could possibly know.

Dr. Wade Davis, an ethnobiologist from Harvard, went to Haiti to research this story. He discovered how to make a zombie. First, make them "dead", then make them "mad" so that their minds are malleable. Often, a local "witch doctor" secretly gives them the drugs.

He made the victim "dead" with a mixture of toad skin and puffer fish. You can put it in their food, or rub it on their skin, especially the soft, undamaged skin on the inside of the arm near the elbow. The victims soon appear dead, with an incredibly slow breath, and an incredibly slow and faint heartbeat. In Haiti, people are buried very soon after death, because the heat and the lack of refrigeration makes the bodies decay very rapidly. This suits the zombie-making process. You have to dig them up within eight hours of the burial, or else they'll die of asphyxiation.

The skin of the common toad (Bufo bufo bufo) can kill - especially if the toad has been threatened. There are three main nasties in toad venon - biogenic amines, bufogenine and bufotoxins. One of their many effects is that of a pain-killer - far stronger than cocaine. Boccaccio's medieval tale, the Decameron, tells the story of two lovers who die after eating a herb, sage, that a toad had breathed upon.

The other half of the witch doctor's wicked potion comes from the pufferfish, which is known in Japan as "fugo". Its poison is called "tetrodotoxin", a deadly neurotoxin. Its pain-killing effects are 160,000 times stronger than cocaine. Eating the fish can give you a gentle physical "tingle" from the tetrodotoxin - and in Japan, the chefs who prepare fugo have to be licensed by the government. Even so, there are rare cases of near-deaths or actual deaths from eating fugo. The toxin drops your temperature and blood pressure, and puts you into a deep coma. In Japan, some of the victims recovered a few days after being declared dead.

Back in Haiti, once you've got the zombie-in-waiting out of the ground, you make them mad, by force-feeding them a paste made from datura (Jimsons Weed). Datura breaks your links with reality, and then destroys all recent memories. So you don't know what day it is, where you are and, worst of all, you don't even know who you are. The zombies are in a state of semi-permanent induced psychotic delirium. They are sold to sugar plantations as slave labour. They are given datura again if they seem to be recovering their senses.

Datura (Jimsons Weed, Angel's Trumpet, Brugmanisa candida) contains the chemicals atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine, which can act as powerful hallucinogens in the appropriate doses. They can also cause permanent memory loss, paralysis and death.

The person who applies these chemicals to a victim has to be quite skilled, so that they won't kill them. There is a very small gap between appearing-to-be-dead, and actually being dead.

So make sure that before you use a priest or witch doctor, you ask to see their qualifications...

Justina on December 11, 2011:

People shouldn't make fun of this.. Cuz one day they can be in your backyard, I'm sure then you won't be laughing!!! Instead of laughing you should pray that this never happens in America.. Cuz if it does we won't be any better then the ones your laughing at!!

don dan on December 08, 2011:

wow.......Dey must be real

cadaver suppression unit on November 15, 2011:

i can only wish for the undead to flood the streets.. i'm knockin heads off..

Ben on November 04, 2011:

Its a wonder the american government hasn't caught on to this n created an entire workforce of mindless meat machines I mean so far moneys working pretty good at doing that but just imagine the rich get richer the poor bet zombified

regine mae almario on October 31, 2011:

" so the voodoo then doesn't have any spell or what so ever . they are just using chemicals or substance to change a person into a zombie ..????

i wonder why if those

zombie eat flesh ????

Braaains! on October 27, 2011:


"there is a poison that makes you appear dead and wake up in a strangers house!"

Yep, happens all the time here in the uk, think it's!

cole on October 26, 2011:

Google CDC zombie apocalypse its quite interesting

ymarson on October 11, 2011:

so zombies are real?i'm having a reasearch about zombies i'm curious

Interesting on September 21, 2011:

There is a poison that makes you appear dead and wake up in a strangers house! If I woke up in a strangers house with no memory in would probably be submissive too!

Agent p on September 09, 2011:

That means the zOmbie apocalypse is closer than we expected

frost on July 13, 2011:

actually, it has been proven that feeding salt to a zombified person some how counteracts the poisons used. the person never fully returns to normal after the psychological trauma, but it is better then being a mindless slave

haha on July 03, 2011:

god know were zombies r and how many in 2010 there were a bunch in new Orleans

blakessssssss on June 27, 2011:

Man the guns!

Get the army!

Hatians are a' comin

Ashley on June 11, 2011:

I better not see a zombie moaning for human flesh by my window, it wont kill me cause ill just die of a heart attack!

and I thought that zombies were fake and just made in hollywood, now I find out now that they are real in haiti? Im dead.

Kamen Rider on June 05, 2011:


jose on April 15, 2011:


black magic on March 22, 2011:

black magic have history,but its useless

SPIDERBITE2345 on March 11, 2011:

I'm glad that zombies are not going to violently dominate the world in an apocoliptic rage!!!!!!!!!!

daddie on March 07, 2011:

dude i only beliv in plants vs zombies!!!

shaunofthedead on February 25, 2011:

i think if real life brain sucking infectious zombies ever does start the whole world would be fu**ed! it would spread like a wild fire and no one would be able to survive it, even if we have a cure. Also i think with all the fu**ed up drugs companies are experimenting on humans and making,it isn't too far fetched to say zombie apocalypse may happen in the distant future. You can call me crazy but you can believe it when it happens. Ps not trying to scare anyone but this should be a concern to everyone!

PeggyW on February 24, 2011:

helpful post thanks for the infos :D

VyvyanVicious on February 12, 2011:

I admit to bein a zombie movie fan, but damn dude! Its really shitty that real people get victimized like that. Its like the equivalent to mental rape.

anonymous on February 12, 2011:

so, haiti is a voodoo zombie country that cheats at everyth? great i wasted my donation

partyboy743 on October 08, 2010:

good :)

Mark Halliday (author) from Australia on October 08, 2010:

lol ... not likely my friend :)

partyboy743 on October 07, 2010:

So zombies aren't going to come into your house and suck out your brain and make you a zombie follower? :(

Mark Halliday (author) from Australia on October 01, 2010:

Unfortunately ktc it seems that way; I can only assume they have watched too many B-Grade movies. Some of the comments are quite worrying - but each is entitled to their own opinion. Thanks for dropping by :)

ktc on October 01, 2010:

are people seriously talking about how to murder these victimized human beings in this comment section? lolwot

symarianna on September 11, 2010:

This is crazy, I thought that zombies weren't real. But i guess they are. God bless the dead people and the living, children in that problem thinking it is cool and want to be one.

zombie killer on September 02, 2010:

if you see a real zombie take out its heart with a punch to the chest or get a knife and stab its heart or internal orgen

David on August 03, 2010:

These are not the "Hollywood Zombies" ive never seen them but i think they can killed much more easier than the "Brain Infected"s. I think if u cut the heart out of this thing or smthng u can kill him but if a parasite infects a person's brain u can kill him only when u destroy the brain. and there are lots of brain controlling parasites in the world but they can control only small animals like rats,birds,cats etc... but if smthng mutates these parasites they can control the human brain. A small virus, a nuclear detonation or anything can mutate animals(parasites too) and i think this is a real threat.