May 20, Andy rated it it was amazing Feel free the skip the nostalgia and go straight to the review below As a kid I had a fascination with folklore, superstitions and ghost tales. In the bibliography of that book Schwartz noted Feel free the skip the nostalgia and go straight to the review below Then in a collection with 36, beliefs was published by Wayland D. Well you can imagine my excitement.
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May 20, Andy rated it it was amazing Feel free the skip the nostalgia and go straight to the review below As a kid I had a fascination with folklore, superstitions and ghost tales. In the bibliography of that book Schwartz noted Feel free the skip the nostalgia and go straight to the review below Then in a collection with 36, beliefs was published by Wayland D.
Well you can imagine my excitement. Every boy needs one, right? I still have it. I managed to peruse the first four volumes by requesting them through an Inter-Library Loan some years ago. Enough nostalgia The first volume is the most approachable. It goes through a series of beliefs in a more succinct fashion whereas the latter volumes are primarily long-form interviews. Volume four covers spells using hair, fingernails and folk medicine.
It also covers how to help a murderer escape, or how trap one. It has a large section on graveyard spells and even using hoodoo to win court cases. The final volume is a bit of a miscellaneous, covering spells using salt, nails, pins, frogs and various other things.
It ends with a series of interviews Hyatt conducted in Florida in From Volume 2, page A: Well, there is sich a thing as a witch. A: Yes sir. Q: How do you keep them from riding you? Q: What are these witches? A witch is a person that has sold herself to the devil Hyatt was a good interviewer, he tried to get at precisely what the interviewee was meaning. For example, from Volume 4, page 3, under the heading "Head of grave - Dirt from near tombstone of person who lived evil and wretched life.
Q: What do you take, the whole tombstone? A: Take de whole tomb stone - de dirt on it. Q: Oh the dirt on it? Q: How do you get that dirt off this tombstone, how do you get it? A: Dig it.
Q: Oh, you dig it near the tombstone? A: Yes, sir. I like this a lot, it reflects the time and subject matter.
Hoodoo Conjuration WItchcraft & Rootwork
The neutrality of this section is disputed. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. August Learn how and when to remove this template message Hoodoo is the practice of spirituality carried to the United States by West Africans as the result of the transatlantic slave trade. The extent to which hoodoo could be practiced varied by region and the temperament of the slave owners. Enslaved Africans of the Southeast, known as the Gullah , as well as those in Louisiana, experienced an isolation and relative freedom that allowed for retention of the practices of their West African ancestors.
Hoodoo (folk magic)
Supplementary interviews were conducted in Florida in The "Hoodoo" collection consists of 13, separate magic spells and folkloric beliefs, plus lengthy interviews with professional root doctors, conjures, and hoodoos. 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. Occasionally his equipment failed or was not available and he took hand-written notes instead. The s field recordings have since been destroyed, with the exception of a few cylinders that Hyatt had pressed onto 78 rpm records.