View Full Version : Where can I learn more about Obeah and Hoodoo?
06-27-2007, 10:42 AM
These are both practices created by slaves in the Carribean and the United States that combine folk magic and religion. I'm not looking to practice either of these, but would like to know more about them. I haven't been able to find out much so far, since it seems like people are secretive about it. Are there any reliable books or websites about these subjects?
06-27-2007, 10:53 AM
This (http://www.amazon.com/Mama-Lola-Priestess-Brooklyn-Comparative/dp/0520224752/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-2350472-2067151?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1182959462&sr=8-1) wonderful book was written by my grad school advisor.
06-27-2007, 11:08 AM
I'm guessing you don't mean this Hoodoo (http://www.70slivekidvid.com/lids/whodoo2.jpg).
06-27-2007, 12:36 PM
Where in New York do you live? NYC has got to have some obeah men and root doctors living in it.
You may also be interested in Santaria which is preColumbian religion mixed with Catholicism. I'm sure New York has plenty of botanicas.
06-27-2007, 01:00 PM
You may also be interested in Santaria which is preColumbian religion mixed with Catholicism.
Santeria, like Voudon/Voodoo, is a mixture of Catholicism and west African beliefs.
06-27-2007, 01:15 PM
Wow, I thought this thread would sink like a stone without any responses. Thanks for the book recommendation twickster. I'll check that out. DocCathode, I live in a small town that's not anywhere near NYC, so that's a no go. Any Santeria info would be welcome too. That one slipped my mind for some reason.
06-27-2007, 01:20 PM
Obeah, Hoodoo, Voodoo, Voudon, Santeria, etc. All syncretic beliefs born in the New World, combining African roots with Catholicism. And with some Western Occultism--these are living beliefs. There are hundreds of books, from scholarly tomes through "how-to." Here are a few I've found useful. (And I didn't even get to Brazil!)
Secrets of Voodoo by Miles Rigaud (http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Voodoo-Milo-Rigaud/dp/0872861716/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-6060729-8091140?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1182966057&sr=1-1) is a good "introduction" to the Haitian practice.
Divine Horsemen (http://www.amazon.com/Divine-Horsemen-Living-Gods-Haiti/dp/0914232630/ref=cm_lmf_tit_20_rdssss0/104-6060729-8091140) by artist & filmmaker Maya Deren is a highly personal look at Haitian Voudon.
Voodoo in New Orleans (http://www.amazon.com/Voodoo-New-Orleans-Pelican-Pouch/dp/088289336X/ref=dp_return_1/104-6060729-8091140?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books&qid=1182966891&sr=1-1) is old fashioned & incomplete. But the author gives some historical background not to be found elsewhere.
Santeria: The Religion (http://www.amazon.com/Santeria-Religion-Faith-Rites-Magic/dp/1567183298/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-6060729-8091140?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1182966373&sr=1-1) is a good beginning look at the faiths found in Spanish speaking communities. (The previously mentioned traditions use Creole French--& some English.)
Flash of the Spirit (http://www.amazon.com/Flash-Spirit-African-Afro-American-Philosophy/dp/0394723694/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-6060729-8091140?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1182966417&sr=1-1) by Robert Ferris Thompson gives a broader background to African influences on this side of the ocean. Not specifically "Hoodoo"--but an excellent book! He also wrote Faces of the Gods to accompany a wonderful art exhibit that toured through Houston. From Africa through all the Americas--beautiful religious objects & insightful words. But now hard to find.
Suggested soundtrack. (http://www.amazon.com/Gris-Gris-Dr-John/dp/B00004SW9R/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-6060729-8091140?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1182967268&sr=8-1)
06-27-2007, 01:21 PM
:smack: I blame my Santaria error on the personal mix of beliefs of the Santaria practicioner I know. I'll be seeing her soon, I'll ask her for website recommendations then.
06-27-2007, 04:21 PM
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