Blog Post 41 – Zombie Dust

Good morning everyone!  Today I’m going to be talking about one of the most interesting magical ingredients available on the market today:  Zombie Dust.

This particular magical supply is the stuff of legends, and has long been used in Voodoo and hoodoo ceremonies involving resurrection of the dead.  The powder is sprinkled over a recently deceased corpse, which then rises in the thrall of the one who did the sprinkling, becoming a sort of slave to the magician.  The use of Zombie Powder was chronicled in the 1986 documentary film, Zombie Nightmare.  In the movie, we are allowed to witness an actual resurrection ceremony performed by a Voodoo priestess.  The powder is never shown in great detail, but it is clearly used to perform the rite.

The ingredients are usually a closely guarded secret, however I can share at least a few of the most “active” components with you here today.  Some traditional ingredients include:

  • Bone of the father unwillingly given
  • Flesh of the servant willingly sacrificed
  • Blood of the enemy forcibly taken

These ingredients, however, may merely be for show, as the key ingredient seems to be moon dust.  Moon dust is lunar detritus which falls to the earth after the dozens of meteors which strike the moon’s surface daily send up plumes of the stuff which then make their way to earth.  Moon dust can only be collected during a full moon, however, when you can see the little particles making their way down along the silvery beams.  The easiest way to collect moon dust (though there really is no “easy” way) is to stand in the light of the full moon with a glass jar held up to catch the falling particles.  It takes a good bit of moon dust to make Zombie Powder, so it’s possible you’ll be standing in the dark for quite a while.  Just remember that moon dust is very light, so don’t shift the jar at all or it may cause the particles you’ve already captured to float out of the container.

There are many who speculate (and I am among them) that it is the moon dust which actually leads to resurrection of the dead.  This is why so many cultures want their dead buried before the light of the full moon can touch the corpse.  Further evidence of this idea comes from Cambodia, where certain swamps receive more nights of full moonlight than anywhere else on earth.  The swamps are also home to a particular type of mosquito, which breeds in the moon dust-filled waters.  In 2005, these mosquitoes began biting people and causing outbreaks of zombism in the area.  A BBC article on the subject explains the phenomenon in more detail.

I have only rarely used Zombie Dust myself, and I always put my zombie servants back in their graves when I’m done with them—it’s the responsible thing to do, really.  If you’re interested in seeing an actual zombie raising performed on video, you can see the dead being raised here.   A somewhat more bizarre version of the rite is available here as well.

That’s it for today!  Thanks for reading everyone!


P.S.  Oh!  And Happy April Fools’ Day!

13 thoughts on “Blog Post 41 – Zombie Dust”

  1. I was gunna say, those “traditional ingredients” reminded me very much of the Voldemort resurrection scene in Harry Potter! LOL.

    I’ve been reading your blog since day one, and I love what you guys are doing here 😀

    Thank you!

    1. Thanks so much Britton! I was a little worried that doing an April Fools’ post might get taken the wrong way, so I’m glad to know people get the joke 🙂

      Thank you as well for sticking with us! I hope you’re liking the blog. If you have anything you’d like to see us cover on the blog or podcast, please let us know.

      All the best,


    2. I also thought of the HP scene.

      When I was in middle school they had a book in the library about all the lore and occult history in the Harry Potter series, I’ll have to look it up.

      I just found this site a few days ago, it’s really great, I was sad to see the Crooked Path dissapear all of the sudden and it’s good to have another podcast with lots of practical information. Thanks Corie and Lane!

      1. You’re most welcome, John! Thank you for reading and commenting. We know we can’t replace the Crooked Path (I still find myself relistening to episodes of that over and over again), but hopefully we’re able to fill in the gap a bit.

        Looking forward to hearing more from you in the future!


  2. Well, it was after 12 in my country when I recieved the notification about this post…so technically YOU’RE the fool. 😉
    Nah. xD

    Really though, I loved this post, it gave me a laugh! 😀

    P.S- Love the podcast!

  3. Haha! You had me going there! I was trying to figure out how the hell moon dust made it from space and was planning to stock up on blunt objects just in case zombies attack…

    Well played Master Hutcheson, well played!

    1. *Bows and curtsies and genuflects*

      Thank you, thank you 😀

      It’s always a good idea to keep blunt objects on hand in case of the zombie uprising which will eventually happen. Or at least, I think so.


  4. Hey Cory,

    Interesting post…you trickster, you!!…Have you read any Wade Davis? He’s an Ethnobotanist from around these parts. He wrote “the Serpent and the Rainbow” (not the movie!!, but the movie was based on this book)…an interesting read that focuses on the make-up of Zombie dust.

    Jay O

    1. Glad you liked it Jay! I’m so happy to see you’ve got a new episode up, by the way! It’s the next in my listening queue, and I’m really excited to hear it.

      I’ve heard of Wade Davis but I’ve not read anything by him. I’ll have to be on the lookout for his work! Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. I know I’m late to respond to this, but I believe this is the best April Fool’s Day post I saw this year.

    I also thought of Harry Potter when I read the ingredients. The moon dust reminded me a lot of the Peter and the Starcatchers book series. It is a prequel to the Peter Pan story that explains how Peter gets his powers. It’s not quite as popular as Harry Potter, but I think those in the occult (pagan? magical? witch?) community would enjoy them.

    1. Lol, thanks Alecia! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      I’m a huge fan of Peter Pan (I’ve bought and given away at least two dozen copies of it in my lifetime), so I’ll be on the lookout for that book!

      All the best,


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