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zombi

or

zombie

(both: zŏm`bē), in voodoovoodoo
[from the god Vodun], native W African religious beliefs and practices that also has adherents in the New World. Voodoo believers are most numerous in Haiti, where voodoo was granted official religious status in 2003, and in Benin, where the religion has had official
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, a person believed to have been raised from the grave by a houngan [sorcerer] for purposes of enslavement. The zombi is used by its master to perform heavy manual labor and to implement evil schemes.
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zombie

, zombi
1. a supernatural spirit that reanimates a dead body
2. a corpse brought to life in this manner
3. the snake god of voodoo cults in the West Indies, esp Haiti, and in scattered areas of the southern US
4. the python god revered in parts of West Africa
5. a piece of computer code that instructs an infected computer to send a virus on to other computer systems
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A la faveur d'un eclairage historique fourni par certains articles du Code noir, ainsi que par les notations de l'historien Gabriel Debien concernant les conditions d'existence des esclaves aux Antilles francaises aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siecles (Debien 1974), nous tenterons donc de mettre en perspective diverses donnees liees, notamment, a la maniere dont l'imaginaire haitien concoit le logement des zombi, leur alimentation, leur onomastique et jusqu'a la facon dont ils seraient traites si une seconde mort, bien reelle celle-la, se profilait pour eux ou venait tout simplement les arracher au joug de leur maitre.
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"Reading the Zombi in Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea." MaComere: Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, 2004,63.