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Hoodoo - Any Links Please?

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It‚Äôs quite interesting how these sort of things are portrayed in the media and how they can influence people ( Herne became interested in finding more about hoodoo after watching ‚ÄėThe Skeleton Key‚Äô; ‚ÄėBuffy the vampire slayer‚Äô is often given as a reason for the increase in the popularity of Wicca and magic amongst teenagers.



I would say these two are slightly different, in that as Crow says in her last post, 'The Skeleton Key' was well researched, (some of the mini documentary's on the dvd are interesting too. including the Gumbo recipe :) ) where as buffy always seems to me to just be going on Pop cultures view of witches.. with very little research of what we actually are and do.


And just to clarify, although the film pushed me to finding more specifics about Hoodoo practices, I had been interested for some time before I saw the film ;) (sorry trying to not seem fluffy in getting my 'craft' ideas from films :o_nono:)

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I once knew a Hoodoo/ Voodoo high priestess. She was an African lady with disturbing eyes, I liked her a lot! Did a couple of rituals with her, its deep stuff, not to be used unless fully initiated. And the initiation into Hoodoo is very complex, or at least the type my friend led was. I know that once I had experienced some of it I knew it to be very very serious stuff.

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I once knew a Hoodoo/ Voodoo high priestess. She was an African lady with disturbing eyes, I liked her a lot! Did a couple of rituals with her, its deep stuff, not to be used unless fully initiated. And the initiation into Hoodoo is very complex, or at least the type my friend led was. I know that once I had experienced some of it I knew it to be very very serious stuff.



I'm bit confused by what you mean here - hoodoo is a form of folk magic, not a religion so it doesn't have initiation, or indeed priestesses.


Or are we now talking about Vodou, and did you mean you knew a Mambo Asogwe, Mama Witch? In which case I totally agree; it can be very very serious stuff and it demands serious dedication and not just playing about.

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Yep she was Voodoo, scary but nice lady, wouldn't like to have upset her! Hoodoo was also a part of what she did.

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He! Yes, my religion isn't exactly known for its forgiving nature...



Forgive, umm! F O R G I V E hum! Rolls the word around mouth, no not a word I know, sounds a bit weak, xiony!


Can any one explain this to a witch/crone!!!



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I would like to find out more about Hoodoo practices but havent really got a clue where to start, So if any off you can help by pointing me to a couple of good websites or recomending an author or two to look out for I would be greatful.


I've had a brief look at Catherine Yronwodes online book called 'Hoodoo in theory and practice', but knowing next to nothing about it I don't really know if this is a good starting point or not.



Hi Herne,


you're at the right place, your first stop should be Cat Ironwood's site



I have a few friends stateside, one lives in New Orleans and practises Hoodoo, a couple of others who are initiates of Santeria, and they have a high regard for her work.


Another place to check are the books of Harry Middleton Hyatt, who was a primary collector of hoodoo folklore.


Regards, Peter

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A very interesting read indeed. I always thought that Hoodoo and Vodou were the same things.

I was paticularly interested in reading about all of those ingredients to make up certain powders. This link may be helpful if you want to make your ownSprinkling Powder

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I thouroughly recommend Cats Yronwodes book 'Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic' I bought it through US amazon last year.

Dr Kioni is also a wealth of information though sadly his website had to be renewed and the old posts are gone.

I have been studying hoodoo for a year or so and have made a lot of my own powders, potions and oils, washes, the list is endless.:P

I find it a very rewarding practice :) and open to all no matter what 'religion'.

Infact im making High John the conquror oil this very day lol

I have made stuff i may never use, goofer dust and graveyard dust but i just enjoy making stuff and you never know....:)


luckymojo is a brilliant site would take years to read it all. Would love to do the corrospondance course sadly US only.

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