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Mojo Workin': The Old African American Hoodoo System
by Katrina Hazzard-Donald
University of Illinois Press, 2013
Cloth: 978-0-252-03729-0 | Paper: 978-0-252-07876-7 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09446-0
Library of Congress Classification BL2490.H39 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 133.4308996073


In this book, Katrina Hazzard-Donald explores African Americans' experience and practice of the herbal, healing folk belief tradition known as Hoodoo. Working against conventional scholarship, Hazzard-Donald argues that Hoodoo emerged first in three distinct regions she calls "regional Hoodoo clusters" and that after the turn of the nineteenth century, Hoodoo took on a national rather than regional profile. The first interdisciplinary examination to incorporate a full glossary of Hoodoo culture, Mojo Workin': The Old African American Hoodoo System lays out the movement of Hoodoo against a series of watershed changes in the American cultural landscape. Throughout, Hazzard-Donald distinguishes between "Old tradition Black Belt Hoodoo" and commercially marketed forms that have been controlled, modified, and often fabricated by outsiders; this study focuses on the hidden system operating almost exclusively among African Americans in the Black spiritual underground.

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