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Mojo Workin': The Old African American Hoodoo System

Narrated by: Sharell Palmer
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: History, American
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Publisher's Summary

In this book, Katrina Hazzard-Donald explores African Americans' experience and practice of the herbal, healing folk belief tradition known as Hoodoo. Working against conventional scholarship, Hazzard-Donald argues that Hoodoo emerged first in three distinct regions she calls "regional Hoodoo clusters" and that after the turn of the 19th century, Hoodoo took on a national rather than regional profile. The first interdisciplinary examination to incorporate a full glossary of Hoodoo culture, Mojo Workin': The Old African American Hoodoo System lays out the movement of Hoodoo against a series of watershed changes in the American cultural landscape. 

Throughout, Hazzard-Donald distinguishes between "Old tradition Black Belt Hoodoo" and commercially marketed forms that have been controlled, modified, and often fabricated by outsiders; this study focuses on the hidden system operating almost exclusively among African Americans in the Black spiritual underground.

The book is published by University of Illinois Press.

©2013 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (P)2018 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Mojo Workin' is a key contribution to the study of Hoodoo in America, with some energizing new ideas about its origins, early expression, and broader religious aspects." (Journal of American Folklore)

"A valuable contribution to the growing number of volumes concerned with African-based traditional spiritual beliefs in the New World." (American Studies

"A significant contribution to the literature of African-based traditions in the United States." (Religious Studies Review

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Awful editing. Good content.

I loved the information provided.

There are a plethora of mispronounced words. Certain phases and passages in the book are repeated twice, as if a record has skipped. Whoever produced and edited this audiobook did a poor job.

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Excellent!

I have a calling but learned the hard way about how much of a business this is rather than a desire to help others. I also learned who has the upper hand. i'm still searching for an honest, sincere teacher. I love this book. Straight to the point and honest!

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Love it

This book has been very knowledgeable for me on my path of spirituality... I learned so much about Hoodoo from a different perspective... I am grateful

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Narration is HORRIBLE

This book has good information. Overall it’s ok. However the narrator is horrible. She tries to add drama and suspense, mispronounces words and has a bad drawl that is suspect she believes is appropriate for this book. It’s NOT. I had a hard time getting through more than 15 minutes at a time.

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Very informative

I loved it! It explain a lot of things I grew up seeing but didn’t know why it was done. I am very interested in learning more about the true Hoodoo. Very well presented.

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AWESOME!

Everyone who ever thinks about indulging in Hoodoo should read this . Hoodoo serves as an historic memoire in how our enslaved ancestors dealt with and engaged with the world around them; There is NOTHING in Hoodoo that can be discussed, taught , or performed without African enslaved; I was able to help my Dad understand my Grandfathers beliefs & how and & why he practiced Hoodoo ; This information has helped him tremendously especially due to the fear that was instilled African American community as far as our beliefs and spirituality

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This book is so important to Black culture

Valuable information for our history. I fear we may lose the knowledge of hoodoo in our culture. It was sad to read about the decline of something so important.

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Great Storyline

I really enjoyed this book. The storyline, the narration, all of it. The narrator's voice kept my attention which is difficult at times, she did a great job.

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Great work

This book was exciting to listen to. It is informative and entertaining. The author expounded on some customs and tradition from my youth. I now have a better understanding of who I am.

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I love it.

I Loved it.😍 This is a great book. I love the narrator's voice. #Facts #Knowledge #Showinglove #Teachourkidsbetter