Wikipedia describes hoodoo as the practice of spirituality carried to the United States by West African slaves.
It is a blend of practices from the people of the Kongo, Benin/Togo, Nigeria and others. Enslaved Africans of the Southeast, known as the Gullah, as well as those in Louisiana, were people who enjoyed an isolation and relative freedom that allowed for retention of the practices of their West African ancestors. Rootwork or hoodoo, in the Mississippi Delta where the concentration of enslaved Africans was dense, was practiced but under a large cover of secrecy.
Known hoodoo spells date back to the 1800s. Regional synonyms for hoodoo include conjuration, witchcraft, and rootwork. Older sources from the 18th and 19th century sometimes use the word Obeah to describe equivalent folk practices.
In red magick, is also known as hoodoo, the practitioner is enlightened with the knowledge that magick is within us, that we ourselves are spiritual, and our body is just the medium to communicate with this living world. Some American cultures use it as a medium to connect to other energies.
The word hoodoo stems from Hudu, the language and name of a Ewe tribe in Togo and Ghana. It was first documented in American English in 1875 and was used as a noun (the practice of hoodoo) or a transitive verb (as in ‘I hoodoo you’). The hoodoo could be manifest in a healing potion, in the exercise of a parapsychological power, or as the cause of harm which befalls the targeted victim. Hoodoo is often used to refer to a paranormal consciousness or spiritual hypnosis, a spell. But hoodoo may also be used as an adjective for a practitioner, such as ‘hoodoo man’.
The practice of hoodoo allows people access to supernatural forces to improve lives. Hoodoo is used to help people attain power or success in areas of life including money, love, health, and employment. Extensive use is made of herbs, minerals, parts of animals’ bodies, an individual’s possessions and bodily fluids, especially menstrual blood, urine, saliva, and semen.
Home-made powders, mojo hands, oils, and talismans form the basis of much rural hoodoo, but there are also some successful commercial companies selling various hoodoo products to urban and town practitioners. These are generally called spiritual supplies, and they include herbs, roots, minerals, candles, incense, oils, floor washes, sachet powders, bath crystals, icons, aerosols, and colognes. Many patent medicines, cosmetics, and household cleaning supplies for mainstream consumers have been aimed also at hoodoo practitioners. Some products have dual usage as conventional and spiritual supplies; examples of which include the Four Thieves Vinegar, Florida Water, and Red Devil Lye.
Hoodoo is linked to a popular tradition of Bottle Trees in the United States. The use of bottle trees came to the Old South from Africa with the slave trade. Bottle trees were an African tradition, passed down from early Arabian traders. They believed that the bottles trapped the evil spirits until the rising morning sun could destroy them. The use of blue bottles is linked to the ‘haint blue’ spirit specifically. Today, glass bottle trees are a popular garden decoration throughout the South and Southwest.
Over time, elements from the European culture, such as occultism and mysticism, were incorporated into hoodoo. The mobility of black people from the rural South to more urban areas in the North is characterized by the items used. Examples of the adoption of occultism and mysticism may be seen in the colored wax candles in glass jars that are often labeled for specific purposes such as ‘Fast Luck’ and ‘Love Drawing’.
Hoodoo shows evident links to the practices and beliefs of Fon and Ewe spiritual behaviors. The folkways of vodun are more standardized and widely dispersed spiritual practice than hoodoo. Vodun’s modern form is practiced across West Africa in the nations of Benin, Togo, and Burkina Faso, among others. In the Americas, the worship of the Vodoun loa is syncretized with Roman Catholic saints. The vodou of Haiti, voodoo of Louisiana, and vudú of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Dominican Republic are related more to vodun than to hoodoo.
Knowledge is a synonym of wisdom. It is often said that knowledge is power. Also said is that power corrupts. Magick is known as the Craft of the Wise. From these statements alone, we should surmise that Magick is malevolent.
We know this to be inaccurate. Magick, as with any tool, is neither good nor malevolent. Magick is neutral – it’s use depends solely on its witch. So, is hoodoo dark magic? A better question would be, “What is its witch’s intent?”
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As always, in closing I leave you with this; INTENT. My intent is to provide ideas and open minds to their discussion, from which we all may learn. With certain ventures, however, I must advise caution. I put to you that I have no desire to harm anyone. Any discussions from this posting are to be academic only. I seek no practical application, neither do I have desire for knowledge of such. Please keep your comments civil.