It was Prof Crow who brought the Zombie Spirit Head to the table. It was a spirit divination method used by his master that involved talking to the dead – the shades from the graveyard. The Prof continued to use Zombie Spirit Heads after his master passed on. He later revealed to me the secrets of creating a Zombie Spirit Head like the one illustrated.
A Zombie Spirit Head is very useful for finding out hidden information that can’t be found via the normal channels or through standard divination procedures. It can help you find buried treasure or direct you to opportunities that could prove highly lucrative financially. Or if it is a love situation – a lover has left you, for example – a Zombie Spirit Head can be used to see exactly what is going on in your ex’s life, almost in cinematographic detail. (Note that it is not possible for either me or Prof Crow to use Zombie Spirit Heads on behalf of clients).
Here’s some informed commentary on Zombie Spirit Heads from a well-known British academic friend of ours – a specialist in pagan religions and practices (won’t name him as his university wouldn’t appreciate his name being associated with outlaw voodooists!):
“The Haitian term Bokor, and the familiar Louisiana one Voodoo Swamp Man, are just regional variants. They are both sorcerers for hire, morally ambivalent, and work both harmful and beneficial magic and do so in a similar manner, methodology and cosmology-wise. For instance, both sorcerers create talismans that house spirits. The Haitian Bokor calls these ‘oungas,’ the Louisiana Voodoo Swamp Man ‘Wanga.’
However the Bokor is more famous for making both types of zombie (Le Grande and Le Petite). Whereas the Louisana Voodoo Swamp Man is commonly associated with the lesser type (although they have been known to make either). We are very familiar in Western culture with the first type of zombie which is the animated corpse, but less so with the latter type. This is a zombified soul summoned to do the sorcerer’s bidding (or summoned to the particular bidding of the sorcerers client). This zombie soul is known as the Ti-Bon-Agne in Haitian Voodoo or a Zombie Spirit in Swamp Voodoo. In other Afro Caribbean magical practices it is variously called an Astral Zombie or Duppy.
As the zombie soul does not have a physical body to contain it from wandering when not doing the sorcerer’s bidding one has be to be made. The vessel containing the soul of the zombie is called Canari Voodoo in Haiti and a Spirit Head in Louisiana Swamp Voodoo. Traditionally both types of sorcerers would use an actual human head (usually that belonging to the person who’s soul that wanted to enslave) which they shrink down for portability and concealment. Nowadays Haitian Bokors rarely do this, instead they employ a ceremonial vessel. A few remaining Louisiana Voodoo Swamp Men carry on the original tradition of using a head they have ‘shrunk down’ as the receptacle. However this is unlikely to be human and their exact composition is a closely guarded secret.
In certain Petro, Bizango and Zobop rites, when the zombie soul is from a particularly powerful being, the vessel becomes damp during the invocation. This is because in Haitian Voodoo the souls of the dead are found in the sea (Guinée/Guinen). Louisiana Voodoo Swamp practitioners claim that when the zombie spirit is on a mission for it’s owner, or has just completed its task, the vessel (the Spirit Head) becomes damp. This proof of effectiveness is demonstrated in other Voodoo Swamp practices by the appearance of ‘Spirit Sweat.'”