A voodoo scholar explains how Haiti’s many believers may view the earthquake, why he thinks Pat Robertson’s post-quake remarks were “cruel, ignorant, unforgivable”—and more.
A field recording in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in January 2006 (just months before Nadathe was killed) of a marching band playing the funeral procession of a man who was shot and killed by MINUSTAH, the UN “peace-keeping” mission in Haiti.
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Into the Zombie Underworld is the true story of a writer who found himself in Haiti, trying to understand what happened to a young woman named Nadathe Joassaint. It is a real-life journey into Haiti’s world of voodoo, sorcerers, and zombies. It is also a harrowing story about the human cost of ritual magic in one of the poorest places in the world.
Mischa’s story first appeared in Men’s Journal four years ago. In addition to commissioning original non-fiction, we are creating a library of true story classics, re-mastered for a great, rich, visual read online.
Read it here.
noun: a corpse said to be revived by witchcraft, esp. in certain African and Caribbean religions.
synonyms: living dead, undead, walking dead, soulless corpse
(above) Leonardo da Vinci’s Profilio di capitcano antico, also known as Il Condottiero, 1480. "Leader of Mercenaries".
At 13,000 feet, gold mining in the Andes is a dangerous business. Exposure and altitude are just the beginning of possible complications for anyone working at that elevation. Yanacocha in Peru is the world’s most productive gold mine, the largest mine in the country, the highest elevation mine in the world and also the second largest mine on the entire planet. It has produced over $7 billion in gold in last decade for the Denver based Newmont Mining Corporation that owns and operates the mine.
The mine is essentially a massive open pit, covering 251 square kilometers of alpine land. According to the New York Times 500,000 tons of earth are moved every day and by the time the mine closes, the Newmont Mining Corporation will have moved 1 billion tons of earth.
The gold is lodged in soft earth which is moved onto trucks and then separated by using a mixture of sodium cyanide liquid in massive pools where the ore is dumped. Hoses and drip the cyanide liquid onto the piles of earth eliminating the ore and leaving behind gold. The pools of water are essentially lakes of gold and sodium cyanide.
With that said the use of these chemicals is process that has been met with serious resistance from many in the local Peruvian population who claim the sodium cyanide mixture is polluting the land. Fish, livestock and even the locals themselves have been at risk for poisoning and disease.
For more check out this link below for a New York Times collaboration with Frontline multimedia piece that both shows how the mine operates and the fight between the Newmont Corporation and locals who oppose it’s ongoing operations.