Hoodoo Definition

Hoodoo herb and root magic

Hoodoo

Hoodoo

Hoodoo is a magic practice that is famous in African cultures.

Hoodoo is a form of folk magic whose name originated in the 19th century or thereabouts (some say earlier, depending on the source) that came as a result of the mixing of many different African and Native American cultures as well as magical traditions and European folklore.

Many of the participants are still African in nature, but theirs has been a practice mixed with different races throughout the ages. The word Hoodoo itself is known most commonly to describe a spell that is being cast for or against someone. Therefore it could be a protective hoodoo or a destructive hoodoo. The action of the spell is mentioned in reference to the term itself, similar to ‘conjure.’

Hoodoo is not structured by a hierarchy and there is no official ‘clergy’ of this sect of folk magic. Often times the individuals who practice hoodoo tend to be individuals who participate within a Christian community who just happen to possess certain knowledge of magic and tradition.

There is a relatively large population of hoodoo practitioners that utilize a branch based in Latin America as well.

Supernatural forces are used in Hoodoo to improve the daily lives of the practitioners by attaining power and wisdom in different areas of life. The common arenas that most need assistance with are love, money or luck. Sometimes revenge, health and divination as well as employment and sometimes necromancy are also important. Hoodoo practitioners utilize herbs and minerals much like the practitioners of Voodoo in addition to the possessions of the individuals who are either desiring help or the spell is being directed at.

They have also been known to use bodily fluids, primarily and especially menstrual blood, urine and semen were known to have the most potent power. Hoodoo practitioners have contact with their ancestors who help them in their daily lives and they are also capable of contacting the dead which is an important practice for them.

The book of Psalms from the Bible is commonly used in hoodoo practices because it is known for its magical effectiveness due to the sound of the cadences within the words themselves.

Voodoo and Hoodoo are commonly mistaken for one another because they both have elements that involve folk magic. However Voodoo is more of a religion, while Hoodoo is a compilation of magical practices and belief systems based around actions and ritual. Hoodoo lacks the structure of dogma of Voodoo and therefore, by some, is considered a more dangerous practice.

Rootwork is a common phrase utilized by hoodun practitioners which is recognition of the importance of dried roots in the making of charms as well as the casting of spells. There are those who reserve the word ‘hoodoo’ for negative or harmful magic and another term ‘spiritual work’ for beneficial.

The concept of conjuring spells has a possibility for both negative and positive connotations. As in all things, the way in which a person participates in the practice of magic is what makes the magic positive or negative.

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