We previously covered the possibility of a historic battle between South American headhunters and an ancient undead horde (see: Zombie Headhunters of Ecuador), but another tribe of the Amazon views the zombie not as an enemy, but as an ally. In fact, the Mayoruna people of Brazil actually hunt with the help of zombies.
The Mayoruna warriors start with a ritual to summon the living dead of the jungle. They drink a toxin from the back of a poisonous tree frog, then are branded by a zombie witch doctor, as a potion is rubbed into their open wounds to call the undead up from their shallow graves. Anthropologist, James Beebee, continues:
“Once the living dead make themselves seen to the tribesman, the hunt can begin. With their zombie guides leading the way, the Mayoruna are assured of a successful outing.”
Of course, there is no indication that modern zombies would be as helpful as the tribal zombies of the Amazon. When you find yourself starving and dehydrated in the middle of a zombie outbreak, we don’t recommend you seek out the assistance of your undead neighbor.
Nonetheless, it’s interesting to learn that the concept of “zombie” calls to mind vastly different images, beliefs and fears in different cultures.