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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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Healin’ da Sick, Raisin’ da Daid

Healin’ da Sick, Raisin’ da Daid

Hoodoo as Health Care, Root Doctors, Midwives, Treaters

(p.135) 6 Healin’ da Sick, Raisin’ da Daid
Mojo Workin'

Katrina Hazzard-Donald

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines Hoodoo as health care and the role of the African American midwife in the old tradition black belt Hoodoo complex. Scholarship has totally overlooked a discussion of traditional Hoodoo healers: treaters, midwives, and root doctors. Even African Americans who know anything of contemporary Hoodoo will usually not immediately associate it with medicinal herbalism. Hoodoo marketeers were neither interested in nor had access to this aspect of Hoodoo. This chapter considers how Hoodoo midwives, treaters, and root doctors mastered treatments and developed their regional pharmacopoeia. It discusses one technique used by all three types of Hoodoo health care providers: the method of using string to tie sacred healing knots. It also describes nine types of healing amulets used in Hoodoo: single-knot string amulet; multiknot amulet; root necklace; prayer bead necklace; prayer cloth; biblical scroll; walking cane; religious lithography; and silver coin.

Keywords:   amulets, health care, black belt Hoodoo complex, Hoodoo healers, treaters, midwives, root doctors, Hoodoo, medicinal herbalism, pharmacopoeia

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