Hoodoo, Conjuration, Witchcraft, and Rootwork has 31 ratings and 3 reviews. Hyatt’s extensive book “Folk-lore from Adams County, Illinois” is listed in the. Hi there, I saw a post a year ago looking for all 5 of these books. I have all 5 in pdf form if there is anyone looking for a copy here they are. In my search I kept coming across request and post online about “Hyatt’s Hoodoo , Conjuration, Witchcraft and Rootwork” – which is noted as the motherload of.
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This to me has many aspects to recommend it. The major flaw in this work is contained in the assertion that Hoodoo was and is exclusive to the African American experience.
I was raised around Hoodoo in South Carolina and have studied it for over forty years academically and personally and have never encountered it in a racially exclusive environment. In the low-country of South Carolina and Georgia, “Hoodoo” drew its influence and was practiced by several races including Native Americans. I do not know why an academic scholar would take such a racially biased approach, but that bias is clearly evident and takes away from an otherwise well-written, researched book.
This sort of posture is akin to saying that only native-born Irish people can legitimately play Irish music and all other are simply cultural exploiters and pretenders. People, regardless of race, seem uncontrollably driven to rewrite history to suit themselves and by doing so create some sense of exclusiveness and importance. No one, no race “owns” a particular spiritual tradition or path. A spiritual path like Hoodoo is followed because it touches something inside a person’s soul and that connection is beyond the vulgar reach of skin tone and ethnic background.
I still routinely recommend this book in my academic and workshop lectures for its informational content but with a caveat about its racially biased approach. It is, in point of fact, an excellent example that can be used to facilitate discussion about cultural and racial bias in academia. Apparently, it is rare, VERY expensive and hard to get. I am learning a lot and directly from the original Black women and men and a few “others” of Hoodoo. Supplementary interviews were conducted in Florida in The Hyatt collection consists of 13, separate magic spells and folkloric beliefs, plus lengthy interviews with professional root doctors, conjures, and hoodoos.
All but one of Hyatt’s informants were African Americans, but several narrations by European-Americans collected for his earlier book, “Folklore From Adams County, Illinois” were also included. Hyatt recorded the material on Edison cylinders and a device called a Telediphone, often without the full knowledge of the participants. He then transcribed and annotated it for publication. The contents are about as follows: Hyatt, who was a white man from the North, transcribed the speech of his informants semi-phonetically.
What may look to modern eyes like “racial stereotyping” or making fun of Southerners was actually his sincere attempt to catalogue variant regional pronunciations. Here is the link from a Reddit user. Hyatr downloaded a few months ago onto my Google Drive and it doesn’t have any viruses.
There are 5 PDF files – one for hooodoo volume. Volume 1 is my fave Google Drive: Dec 7, 2. Good luck with that. The real practictioners don’t share, it seems. All the hoodpo you get is going to be heavily tainted by that Jewish thief Catherine Yronwode and her minions.
Dec 7, 3. I got most of my info about Hoodoo and Voodoo from talking to black people and when I looked on line I saw it being tied to white people. The rootwork portion in most cases comes from Native culture and whites have stolen that from them as if they’ve invented it or it came from them culturally.
I’m also noticing this with genealogy. White people feel hoodoo need to be involved in every aspect even when it doesn’t concern them. Dec 7, 4. But, this collection is from Black people.
Dec 7, 5. Is it better to practice the way your ancestors practiced? I know about hoodoo, santeira? I know hooodoo about magic, don’t be too harsh. Dec 7, 6.
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Well, if he truly did collect them from AA’s, then they can be used as a base. I’m assuming he’s dead and hoping no one owns the the collection. Is it made for the public? As for our history, I do we need to better document things and some new books need to be written, this has been weighing on my mind for sometime now. I have some projects that I want to work on but I wont be able to do that until next summer hopefully. Dec 7, 7.
Thanks for posting this! I used to be active on the LM forum and was very interested in learning as much as possible about hoodoo, but a couple of years ago I got so disenchanted by the entire LM community, especially CY and her husband.
I really started feeling uneasy about how these people were white washing hoodoo. There was hardly anyone black on the forums, and the rootworkers and those who had been trained under CY had no problems suggesting wiccan and other european beliefs alongside hoodoo. The last few months Ive had the urge to get back into hoodoo and really become a student, but unfortunately all roads online lead to CY. This info will help greatly. Dec 7, 8. Dec 7, 9. I don’t trust anything by non-Blacks. Dec 7, It is a shame these culture vultures and exploiters have begun to negatively affect the tradition, and our ability to connect.
This has been my experiences so far.
Yes these White folks especially have been getting over for many decades. It needs to stop because many of us are waking up to the bull. My paternal grandmother, who was from New Orleans was heavily into hoodoo. I’m positive my life would’ve been diff if she had lived past my 7th birthday. Everything is in here.
Grimoires on Tape — Hyatt – Hoodoo Conjuration Witchcraft Rootwork
It will drive them away but you can’t make ’em stay, see. A spirit jyatt something that you can’t nevah drive away, but you kin silence him. You silence him’ by the 23rd division of the Psalms of David – 37th division of the Psalms of David, the th division of the Psalms of David – will silence a traveling spirit – that ‘s the spirit that comes in and goes out and each hoidoo when he comes in, he brings from one to seven more.
Nowthat ‘s how come so many people become restless and dissatisfied – is because of evil spirits trans forming uoodoo em, back and forth. Every time you breath you are breathing in and out some kind of a spirit. Well thenat night you will begin to worry about his moving around.
In other words you kin take holy water and sprinkle it at chure door – up ovah your door and on each side of it, and read de 23rd division of the Psalms of David, and you will silence them, you won’t have any more trouble out of ’em. It impressed my mind that it surely was ghosts or something creeping around.
They tell me you can feel them. You feel creepy yourself; feel like something creeping up on you and going to grab you. You get awful restless. They say – a spirit is creeping up on you. In country p laces in the wintertime you can pass a warm stream going over your shoulder and all up and down your face. You’re kinda like where they was over a stove right out of doors. There ‘s something funny about that. But olden people said it was a spirit that you met.
I’ve passed them many a time in my time. I’ve been awful frighten because I heard the olden people speak about them so much.
I thought they could harm me. I used to tell my mother about it. She said, “There ‘s no harm in them. I wouldn’t want to speak ill of the dead, for I think they know what you are saying. My reason is, they can come back and give so many warnings. These warnings come mostly in your sleep.
I have heard something about hoooo was buried. This man kept on coming back to his family and asking them in hoosoo dream to take him up out of that grave, so finally they went and took him up, and the coffin was in water. They took him up and put him hoovoo a dry place, and they never saw him again. I have tried to see my father ‘s spirit ever s nce he died.
I tried to draw him to me but I have never been able to do it. I’ll tell you what I have seen.