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Mojo Workin'The Old African American Hoodoo System$
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Katrina Hazzard-Donald

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037290

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037290.001.0001

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Mojo Workin'

Katrina Hazzard-Donald

University of Illinois Press

This book examines the sociocultural movement of Hoodoo in terms of its continuities with African religion. Hoodoo is the indigenous, herbal, healing, and supernatural-controlling spiritual folk tradition of the African American in the United States. Essentially, Hoodoo, for African Americans, is embodied historical memory linking them back through time to previous generations and ultimately to their African past. It is also a paradigm for approaching both the world and all areas of social life. This book offers a fresh perspective on Hoodoo development and a reinterpretative glimpse at contemporary as well as preexisting Hoodoo practice. It both asserts and assumes that the old Hoodoo religion was the African American “sacred canopy” and that certain aspects of black culture were once part of the old African American Hoodoo system. In this prescript, the author explains the process of his research that became the basis for the book.

Keywords:   folk tradition, Hoodoo, African religion, African Americans, social life, black culture, healing

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