Slaves, Cannibals, and Infected Hyper-Whites: The Race and Religion of Zombies

  title={Slaves, Cannibals, and Infected Hyper-Whites: The Race and Religion of Zombies},
  author={Elizabeth Mcalister},
  journal={Anthropological Quarterly},
  pages={457 - 486}
  • E. Mcalister
  • Published 1 April 2012
  • Art
  • Anthropological Quarterly
The first decade of the new millennium saw renewed interest in popular culture featuring zombies. This essay shows that a comparative analysis of nightmares can be a productive method for analyzing salient themes in the imaginative products and practices of cultures in close contact. It is argued that zombies, as the first modern monster, are embedded in a set of deeply symbolic structures that are a matter of religious thought. The author draws from her ethnographic work in Haiti to argue that… 
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