Thursday, May 17, 2012

So sick of people calling Hoodoo an African American Folk Magic! Hoodoo is Scottish NOT African! Get with the program people!

Someone sent me a link to a blog post with the words: "You'll want to read this one!" I did. Here it is if you want to read it as well. The post is written by a New Orleans style Hoodoo practitioner, in response to comments received on an older post s/he had written. S/he was quite upset over the fact that readers had misunderstood a spell s/he had quoted from Hyatt's book on Hoodoo. S/he than goes off into a snit over the fact that his/her readers are idiots for not knowing how to interpret African American dialect. In short the post was a rant, in a style not to unlike what you'd expect me to have written.

The part that gets me is this:

I guess I now have a clearer understanding of why some teachers of hoodoo have to make it mandatory that their students actually *speak to an African American person,* because some people never have and never would and yet would think to undertake a study of African-American folk magic. The mind, it boggles.  My takeaway point from this was, in part: 
If you can’t understand the dialects of the people who perpetuate these practices, you can’t really study the sources, living or passed on. It’s part of why cat in her rootwork course encourages students to actually learn about African American culture(s) and requires that they interview people instead of just trying to learn from books (which *cannot* be done, not really, not thoroughly).

S/he is of course referencing "cat" owner of Luck Mojo. As usual, what we have here is yet another person who is too lazy to do their research and is content to quote cat's absurdities as gospel truth. The thing that gets me is the arrogance of this rootworker, condemning their reader for not doing their research when s/he her/himself has not even done their own research! Can anyone say "Blind leading the blind"?

Well, you know me (of course you do or you would not have thought to send me the link to this blog post!) I just had to comment on this rootworker's absurd ignorance of the origins of Hoodoo. The comment awaits moderation. whether or not it gets posted is anyone's guess. In any case, I never comment on any blog with out first posting that comment as a post on my own blog and here it is:

I must ask: Outside of the utter nonsense preached by the owners of Lucky Mojo and it's followers, when exactly has Hoodoo got anything to do with "African Americans" AT ALL? Answer: never. Lucky Mojo creates a good fairy tale yes, but lacks considerably on both facts and history. The history of Hoodoo according to Lucky Mojo is based, 100% on ONE BOOK, that of Hyatt. And while Hyatt's book, does tell the history of Hoodoo FROM ONE AREA, it tells only the "than current" history of it, as it was being used in his time period by people in his local area, whom happened to be illiterate non-native English speaking former slaves, incalculable of telling him who taught them these traditions or why, and Hyatt in his ignorance, rather than to do a background check, simply ASSUMED the info was brought with them from Africa. Luck Mojo founders, in their ignorance started quoting Hyatt's ignorance as actual fact, without doing any historical research in the the ACTUAL history of either the word Hoodoo or it's practice. Lucky Mojo followers in turn quote cat's ignorance, likewise never lifting a finger in research, and blindly assuming everything that comes out of cat's mouth is gospel truth or well researched facts.

FACT: The word Hoodoo originates from Pictish Scotland. Hoodoo by translation means "haunted, paranormal, or supernatural". It dates back to around 300BC-300AD and was used by the Picts of Scotland. The word "witch doctor" by translation means: "hunter of witches or one who drives out witches". African Vodun was introduced to America in the 1700s. Scottish women taught their house slaves hoodoo poppet magic at the same time Catholic priests were teaching the house slaves about Jesus, Mary, and Saints. The end result was the slaves combined the words hoodoo and vodun to get voodoo. And yet, you hear practitioners today telling you that hoodoo is a "new word" created in the 1800s in New Orleans? How do they explain "hoodoo mountain", "hoodoo gorge", "hoodoo rock", "hoodoo valley", and the hundreds of other places in Wales and Scotland, which have used those names close to 2,000 years? Today you hear people talk about hoodoo and witch doctors as though they originated in Africa, and neither hoodoo nor witch doctors were ever in Africa AT ALL - both originated from Scotland! Go to Africa, look for hoodoo, you won't find it no where. Go to Scotland, look at all those witch bottles and clooties hanging in the trees, look at the gris-gris hanging in doorways, look at the hoodoo dollies sitting on porches. Do your research, Honey, there ain't no Africa in hoodoo, and there ain't no hoodoo in Africa.

FACT: The word "Voodoo" is a corruption of the word "Hoodoo", not the other way around as started on Lucky Mojo's website. The word Voodoo does not exist in any document prior to the 1700's. The word Hoodoo can be found in Britannic documents dating as far back as 300BC

Hoodoo is a Scottish word not an African word and dates back to before the 1300's, though it's use as a magic art did not become popular until the 1300's , and was used to describe anything of a paranormal or supernatural nature and often meant "haunted", thus why you have Hoodoo Mountain, Hoodoo Valley, Hoodoo Forest, Hoodoo Peak, Hoodoo Gully, Hoodoo Canyon, etc.. The word Voodoo comes from mixing the Scottish word hoodoo with the African word Vodun.

FACT: A practitioner of Hoodoo is CORRECTLY called a "Witch Doctor", a "Hedgewalker", or a "Hoodooer" NOT a Rootworker. A witch doctor is a spiritual leader, shaman, or medicine man/woman who specializes in the removal of negative energy, curses, and hexes. Hoodoo Witch Doctors with their hoodoo doll spells, originated in ancient pre-Christian Scotland, however, in modern times, the term is usually used for African, Indonesian, or South American tribes, as well as being used by some modern neo-pagan Native American and Wiccans as well. In recent years, the term is most commonly used by hoodoo root workers and Voodoo priests.

A witch doctor is not a medical doctor, but rather a spiritual healer and one well-versed in herbal remedies, hex removal, massage techniques, and guided meditation. He or she also provides spiritual or psychological counseling for other members of their group, tribe, coven, whatever, through the use of divination, card readings, and channeling spirits.

The term "Witch Doctor" comes from the fact that they are traditionally said to be feared by witches, because of their ability to "cure" or remove and reverse curses, hexes, and the evil eye. The are commonly called upon to bless houses, crops, livestock, fresh graves, newlyweds, and babies to protect them from being cursed by witches. Like a minister they perform marriages, baptisms, exorcisms, and funerals. A witch doctor is a type of shaman. A shaman is a seer or "one who sees into the spirit world. A witch doctor is a shaman who specializes in removing negative energy, bad karma, hexes, etc., but most especially, the removal of witches and evil spirits. In other words they are exorcists.

To fully understand the meaning to the title Witch Doctor one needs to understand the ORIGINAL meaning of the word "witch". The word "witch" did not exist prior to 1486 from Heinrich Kramer and his book Malleus Maleficarum . Heinrich Kramer created the word "witch" which means: "the wicked whom follow Satan". The word "witch" was a slang word created to give one simple word to lump together under one label, every one that was "evil" or in other words, a "witch" was any one of the following: Catholics, Christian Enochains, Alchemists, Coptic Christians, Gnostic Christians, Jews, Rabbis, Lutherans, Friars, Hebrew Prophets, Persian Magi, Celtic Druids/Magicians, Medical Doctors, Mid-Wives, Dreamers, Visionaries, Seers, Revalators, Soothsayers, Prostitutes, women with red hair, men with red beards, children with green eyes, every one who knew how to swim, Herbalists, and Wizards.

To technically be a witch one must be born with green eyes, have red hair, and be a female who had sex, was raped, gave birth to a daughter instead of a son, and be any religion other than Puritan. Puts a new perspective on being a witch when you actually read Kramer's infamous "Witch's Hammer" doesn't it?

Did you know that the words "witch", "witchcraft", and "sorcery" were NOT in the Bible prior to 1611? They were added to the King James Version, to replace the words: "herbalist", "doctor", "physician", "medicine", "mid-wife", and "healer". Why? Because it was a trend in the 1600's to believe that sickness was a punishment from God and medical doctors who cured illnesses were doing Satan's work by removing God's punishment from the wicked, and therefor were guilty of witchcraft and so the Bible was ordered to be re-written to reflect this.

The word "witch" is German and means "one who consorts with devils/demons/Satan". The word "witchcraft" is also German and means "removes disease". The word "witch doctor" is Scottish and means "one who undoes the evil of witches". It was not until 1953, the the word "witch" come to mean ANYTHING other than this. There are many neo-Pagan Witches today who proudly brag that thier's is the oldest religion and that calling one-self a witch is a good thing. I pity these poor delusional idiots and their blatantly stupidity and total lack of historical knowledge. Witch is not a good word. It NEVER was. It NEVER was a religion. It NEVER was a title worn proudly by women. It is a derogatory Christian term, which always did, always has, still does, and always will mean: "Satan worshiper". To proudly call one-self a witch is to proudly call one-self a Satan Worshiper, for that is what the word means.

Because the term "Witch Doctor" has come to have a derogatory meaning in some regions, many modern practitioners have adopted the term "Conjure Doctor" or "Root Doctor" instead, in order to make themselves sound politically correct.

Contrary to popular myth, witch doctors did not originate in Africa (or any other indigenous tribal region), but rather originated in Medieval Europe where it was first used by Scottish alchemists as a way to drive witches out of the villages. They often use wax dolls, called hoodoo dollies, stuck with sewing pins to send hexes back upon the witches, than would search the area until they found someone with boils and accused that person of witchcraft, citing that the boils had been caused by the pins in the wax doll. Hoodoo dollies have been mentioned in Scottish history dating to BC times.

The term witch doctor was not used in relation to African tribes until the late 1800's. And the use of hoodoo dolls stuck with pins, was introduced to Vodun by Scottish Witch Doctors in the late 1700's. The plantation slaves adopted the use of these dolls into their religious practices, and thus the dolls became known as "Voodoo Dolls", however while in Scottish Witch Doctoring the dolls are used to cause harm, in Vodun they were used instead as a way to cure sickness and disease.

I am myself both Native American (Kickapoo) and Scottish, and follow the traditions of my grandmothers. A tradition passed down, in writing in a 1400's Bible brought here from Scotland and passed down in my family these 600 years. A tradition that comes 100% exclusivity from my family, which has never been south of Maine, and has never even seen an African American let alone talk to one. Lucky Mojo is filling your head with fairy tales. Stop being lazy and do your research. Any one who does even a minute bit of research will find the huge error of cat's teachings. The problem with research is folks is lazy, and only turn to Google, but Honey all you will find online if cat's teachings, quoted and requoted over and over again. Every site out there toughting the "history" of hoodoo, always references Luck Mojo as their source. Every one of them. Lucky Mojo is not a source, it's a store that tells you what you want to hear to get you to buy their products. There is not an once of historical evidence to back up any of cat's "so-called facts". If you tried to back up your case in court, using just what you find on Lucky Mojo, your evidence would be inadmissible and kicked out as hear-say. Try going to museums and historical societies, find yourself some REAL history about Hoodoo - you'll be floored by what you find, and don't be surprised if you find yourself feeling hurt, betrayed, and lied to by your beloved cat of Lucky Mojo.

I really wish people would actually research REAL history and actual ancient documents, instead of running around quoting the delusions of cat, Hyatt, and Lucky Mojo like they were gospel truth.

Hoodoo is a Scottish word dating back to the 300's and means "haunted" or "supernatural" or "magic". Vodun is an African religion, dating back over 10,000 years BC, and involved worshiping Dambala-Wedo (The One God) and his servants the Lwa (The Spirit Messengers of God or The Lesser Gods). Vodun is the oldest know recorded religion and pre-dates the Genesis story of the 7-Day Creation, by more than 4,000 years. Voodoo was created when Scottish Hoodoo Witch Doctors taught the African slaves Celtic Magic arts, the same time while Christian preachers (mostly Catholic) were trying to convert the slaves to Catholicism. The word Voodoo (American/Haitian) was the combining of the words Hoodoo (Scottish) and Vodun (African). Voodoo takes the Vodun religion, adds Scottish Hoodoo Witch Doctor magic, and than throws in Catholic saints, prayers, and altars.

Hoodoo and Voodoo are nearly identical, the basic difference is Hoodoo focuses on Scottish magic with a little bit of African religion mixed in, while Voodoo focuses on African religion with a little bit of Scottish magic mixed in. VOODOO is African American folk magic, NOT Hoodoo. Voodoo was created by African Americans, based on blending Vodun and Hoodoo together. Get your facts straight Honey! Vodun is a Hatian religion. Hoodoo is a Scottish Gypsy folk magic, and Voodoo is an African American folk magic made by combining the two. *SHEESH* get you head out of Lucky Mojo's ass long enough to see the truth for a change.

Scottish Magic (aka Hoodoo) is taking a faith powered prayer (spell) and empowering it even more (making it stronger) by attracting certain energies with the use of colors, herbs, incense, crystals, and other items. It is done with few tools and focuses largely on use of poppets, dollies, bags, and pillows or in other words, various forms of gris-gris. This requires many years of studying the energetic properties of colors, herbs, etc. in order to know which colors and herbs attract with energies and is a tradition passed down by word of mouth from grandmother to granddaughter. It is almost exclusivly practiced by women, however in recent years men have been learning the art of hoodoo as well.

Thanks to the internet having almost no accurate information on the history of hoodoo at all (Lucky Mojo controls nearly every hoodoo site out there and very little of their information is even remotely accurate, and what few sites are not owned by Lucky Mojo are owned by the students of it's school, so are still teaching inaccurate crap as gospel truth.) You want to know about REAL hoodoo - go to the familys that have passed down the tradition for centuries. Don't go to the internet, because accurate info is not there.

It's like the Wiccans who run around calling themselves Warlovk! Warlock by translation means: "oath breaker" or "one who tells lies" - it has NOTHING to do with witchcraft AT ALL! It never did prior to the 1920's! Wiccans like to say it is what witches called a witch whom ratted out their coven. That is pure Silver Ravenwolf made-up-fantasy-fictional-history-of-witchcraft crap! It was used by Christians to describe any one who told a lie in court.

Lucky Mojo is a strange sort of school, telling you they are the know all end all of Hoodoo, and yet, very few actual long time pre-Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootworkers do ANYTHING Lucky Mojo says we do. Strange really. I mean one one hand it's good thing, the way Lucky Mojo is teaching new folks about Hoodoo and how to be rootworkers and all, but on the other hand it's frustrating and infuriating all the new age fairy tale mumbo jumbo Lucky Mojo preaches as actual facts, and even more infuriating when graduate students of Lucky Mojo start spouting off the same silly made up historically inaccurate "facts and rules of Hoodoo" nonsense as though they were the top authority on all things Hoodoo. They talk about how great they are because they studied at the Lucky Mojo school, but than in the same breath they spew nonsense as facts and do nothing but prove how ignorant they are of anything Hoodoo at all. All they have to do is describe what they think Hoodoo is, for you to know they don't know a thing about Hoodoo.

Test them, by asking them this simple question: "What is Hoodoo?" If they answer with anything that suggests that Hoodoo is "an African American folk magic" you right off the bat they are only quoting Lucky Mojo bullcrap and haven't got a clue what Hoodoo is, because Honey, there ain't no Hoodoo in Africa and there ain't no Africa in Hoodoo. Do your research Sugardoll, and yoou won't be wearing that graduate of Lucky Mojo badge so proudly when it hits you you wasted $400 to be spoon feed shovlefulls of lies. I'm sorry, but just because Lucky Mojo told you it was so, doesn't make it true, in fact, chances are pretty high that if you got the information from Lucky Mojo, there's probably not an once of truth in it at all. Don't belive everything Lucky Mojo says, in fact better yet, don't believe a word Lucky Mojo says. Just because Lucky Mojo told you something about us rootworkers, doesn't mean they know shit about what we do or do not do.

Than there is the question of Conjure. Students of Lucky Mojo, keep saying again and again that the word Hoodoo and Conjure are interchangable, that one is the same as the other. NOT TRUE! They go o far as to say that a person who practices Hoodoo is called a Conjure Doctor! Conjure is African American folk magic. Hoodoo Scottish folk magic. If you want to say you are a Conjure Doctor practicing African American folk magic - fine. If you are practicing Conjure than yes, you are a Two-Headed Conjure Doctor who practice African American folk magic. But don't go calling yourself a Conjure Doctor if you are practicing Hoodoo and especially don't go calling Hoodoo African American! Conjure is African American, Hoodoo is not! Conjure IS NOT Hoodoo and Hoodoo IS NOT Conjure. Te only place where Hoodoo and Conjure are interchangeable is inside the warped brains that created the fantasy history taught by the Lucky Mojo school. In the REAL world, Conjure and Hoodoo ARE NOT the same thing.

Remember hoodoo is a Scottish word. Hoodoo by translation means "haunted, paranormal, or supernatural". It dates back to 300AD and was used by the Picts of Scotland. The word "witch doctor" by translation means: "hunter of witches or one who drives out witches". African Vodun was introduced to America in the 1700s. Scottish women taught their house slaves hoodoo poppet magic at the same time Catholic priests were teaching the house slaves about Jesus, Mary, and Saints. The end result was the slaves combined the words hoodoo and vodun to get voodoo. And yet, you hear practitioners today telling you that hoodoo is a "new word" created in the 1800s in New Orleans? How do they explain "hoodoo mountain", "hoodoo gorge", "hoodoo rock" and the hundreds of other places in Wales and Scotland, which have used those names close to 2,000 years? Today you hear people talk about hoodoo and witch doctors as though they originated in Africa, and neither hoodoo nor witch doctors were ever in Africa at all - both originated from Scotland!.

How do I know all this? I'll tell you. Both of my grandmothers were witches, I was taught by them. We are Scottish Travelers, we can trace our genealogy to the 1200s, with hoodoo witches and witch doctors all along the way. I am a Princess of The Royal Highland Clan, I am the granddaughter of the first "Traveler King" born in the Americas (he was born in Canada). He married a Kickapoo (Native American Indian) "weather witch" (rain woman/shaman). Our family is steeped in over 500 years of witchcraft passed down from both my Scottish side and my Native American side. I myself have been practicing hoodoo magic arts since 1978. I view witchcraft as a CAREER not a RELIGION. I am a professional/practicing/career hoodoo witchdoctor (Scottish not African hoodoo - they are different) and psychic reader. Spellcraft and altar work is my full time career. I don't have a "regular" job, this IS my job. I work spells, altar work, do prayer requests, card readings, channleings, and divination for clients. I've never meet an African/African-American, and it's very unlikely any one in my family ever has, because for close on to 700 years we have lived in the far North were the population is 99.9% white and most of the .01% in Native American or Romi Gypsy. Until I discovered the internet (rather recently) I had no idea that the world of African Hoodoo, voodoo, and Vodun even existed. I had never heard of it before.

Lucky Mojo, in spite of the bad reputation it's arrogant students give it's school, is one of the best suppliers of some of the highest quality Hoodoo supplies out there. The items are semi-mass produced in that they have a whole team of employees making their products, but they are still being handmade in small batches, just lots of them, by lots of people. Lucky Mojo is doing a huge world of good by attempting to preserve the "lost art" of Hoodoo. Fact is, Hoodoo is a dying art and a lot a young folks these days have no interest in taking it up from their grannies.

Traditionally Hoodoo is passed down from grandmother to granddaughter, with it's secrets closely guarded and fiercely protected. Often information given to interviewers and folklorists (such as Hyatt) is deliberately inaccurate, told to the interview wrong, in order to protect the "family secrets". That is where Lucky Mojo runs into trouble with it's school, because nearly everything they teach is based 100% on the HUGELY INACCURATE writings of Hyatt. Inaccurate because #1 the grannies he talked to only gave him half truths to protect their secrets, #2 they could barely speak a word of legible English and much of what Hyatt wrote was hit and miss guessing, and #3 being descendants of the African slaves, not descendants of the Scottish rootworkers, they didn’t know what they were doing to begin with! Granted Hyatt only wrote what he was told, but rootworkers of the 1930s were well known for not telling Hyatt "the truth" leaving out vital bits of information in spell workings, for the intent of not allowing spells cast from Hyatt's writings, to work, thus preserving the need for people to come to the rootworker. Lucky Mojo however runs on the belief that the writings of Hyatt are "good enough" as they are, and that the spells are usable just as Hyatt wrote them down, when in fact, they are not. Yes, the students of Lucky Mojo get results from using Hyatt's spells, however, they are not getting the mind blowing amplified results that those old granny rootworkers were famous for.

The other problem is, Hyatt in his ignorance, never bothered to do his research about the history of Hoodoo, and how the illiterate non-native-English-speaking African Americans of his hometown came to learn Hoodoo, an art which they barely understood, and were hardly able to speak about properly due their not know how to even speak English in a legable manner. Instead, Hyatt simply assumed that "Oh, they must have brought it with them from Africa, so that's what I'll tell people in my book" and left it at that. Had he headed north and interviewed the WHITE Scottish Rootworks of New England and Eastern Canada, he would have learned some vastly different facts about Hoodoo, been given far more accurate spells, and not had to bend over backwards trying to figure out what they were trying to say, seeing as they actual spoke English and knew what the words they were saying ment.

Fact is, Hoodoo is a adjective with means "haunted", as in Hoodoo Hill, Hoodoo Valley, Hoodoo Mountain, aka Haunted Hill, Haunted Valley, Haunted Mountain. Scotland is full of them, and they where given these names, not hundreds, but thousands of years ago. To Hoodoo, a verb, means to communicate with the spirit world. In the 1400s Scotland was rife with Witch Doctors Hoodooing in order to uncover who was a witch and should be burned at the stake for it. A Hoodoo Dollie is a doll with captures the spirit of a Faerie, Brownie, or other type of Little People to compel them to do work for you, usually to help you determine which house contained a witch in need of burning - dolls were often set fire to and tossed in the house to burn it and the witch inside, while the Faeries stood guard outside and refused to allow the inhabitants out. Gris-Gris were known as Witching Balls, those big glass balls you set out in your garden or hang from your front porch; they were made with spotted swirl colors or mirrored glass in order to confuse, confound, and reverse the curses and hexes of witches. Very little of what folks refer to as "African American folk magic" originated in Africa, in fact the ONLY part of Hoodoo that comes out of African tradition is the use of black cat bones, chicken feet, dove's blood, and other animal parts. Animals are protected by the Faeries and harming, killing, or offending an animal is to bring down the wrath of the Faeries upon your head, and as such, no one practicing unadulterated Hoodoo would EVER use bones, body parts, or other remains of a dead animal in their work. Killing animals to please the gods is a distinctly African belief system and has no place in actual Hoodoo.

The problem I have with Lucky Mojo's school is not the fact that they blatantly, willfully, and KNOWINGLY teach misinformation about the history of Hoodoo and falsely promote Hoodoo as an African American folk magic, but rather the students of Lucky Mojo themselves, who are so idiotic stupid that they haven't got enough brains to do any REAL research and find out that what they are being told by Lucky Mojo is nothing but a load of hooey meant as a marketing scheme to promote scaring students into buying Lucky Mojo products! Students come out of Lucky Mojo, quoting marketing gimmick crap as though it was hard fact! Their conversations become rife with misunderstanding and it is becoming clearer and clearer that these people are just repeating the misinformation they are getting from websites owned by Lucky Mojo. They can't get it through their heads that Lucky Mojo is a store, whose owners will do, say, write, and teach ANYTHING true or false, that will help to boost the sale of their products! The school is a marketing scam, which forces students to buy $400 in Lucky Mojo products prior to becoming a student and another $1,000 or so in Lucky Mojo brand products to stay a student while taking the online classes. To remain a student in good standing (and keep their certification status) they must continue to purchase no less than 4 $100 orders from Lucky Mojo every year for the rest of their life, AND pay Lucky Mojo $100 a year to remain on it's list of "recommended" rootworkers, at Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers, an organization which, oh look, is owned by Lucky Mojo and only accepts members who have graduated from it's school. But let's not end there, of the 300+ websites online about the history of Hoodoo, how many do you think are owned by Lucky Mojo and are nothing more than great big giant advertisements for their products? EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!

Lucky Mojo is run by a marketing guru and advertising specilist who knows how to do and say WHATEVER IT TAKES to make a sale, including to make up fake histories which falsely state that Hoodoo is an African American folk magic, complete with made up false histories to "prove" their lies. But as I said, the problem here is not Lucky Mojo or it's massive marketing scem full of historical decit and lies, because let's face it, lying to the public to trick them into buying goods, is what every single add campaign is all about: just look at cigerrett ads if you want proof of that! No, the problem is the idiots who can't tell the differance between historical evidance and a damn good fake history created by a marketing team to convinse you to buy their product! Lucky Mojo is no different from any other coorperation out there looking to make a buck off the suckers of the world. It's these modern day new age neo-pagan so-called rootworkers who are running around requoting everything Lucky Mojo says as though it was fact, that are the problem. "What is Hoodoo? Oh, well, Hoodoo is an African American folk magic....blah, blah, blah...and I know this to be true because cat of Lucky Mojo told me it was." Yep. Go get yourself a kick up side the head and when you got the shit out of your skull, go buy yourself a brain, put it in your head, and than try using it, you know to think, and research, and learn the truth and the facts about what Hoodoo REALLY is and how different REAL Hoodoo is from the bull crap cat wants you to believe. You can't blame cat for trying to sell her product, she just doing what all curio shop owners do: telling a tall tale to make you want to buy her goods. Heck they don't call curio shop owners "snake oil peddlers" for nothing you know! cat is only doing what every other snake oil peddler before her has ever done. The problem is that people attending her school and reading her website can't tell the difference between a load of made up hooey and actual facts, and they are now building masses of websites and blogs which do nothing but spew out Lucky Mojo's marketing lies as fact!

Yes I do buy and use Lucky Mojo products, no I've got no problem with Lucky Mojo or cat or her questionable marketing methods, yes, I do have huge issues with folks who are so idiotic that they read cat's words and assume she has the slightest idea what the heck she is talking about. I am just so fed up with the self righteous arrogant think they know it all students that come out of the Lucky Mojo Correspondence School, who a running around spreading a pack of lies about Hoodoo claiming it is an African American folk magic, when there ain’t nothin African American about Hoodoo, and there never was.

Now granted, I'm not saying New Orleans Hoodoo is wrong. I'm simply saying that it is a tradition borrowed from the Welsh, Scottish and German land owners, which the slaves blended into their religious practices. It is wrong to say that Hoodoo originated in Africa when it did not, it originated in Scotland. New Orleans Hoodoo is a new form of magic art, derived from blending other magic arts together. It is folly to say that the only way to understand it is to get to know an African American. Heck, they barely understand it themselves! They are only passing down what their grannies taught them about what their Scottish slave owners taught them! You REALLY want to understand Hoodoo - go to the taproot source: head to Scotland. All those little "hidden mysteries" that African Americas tell you "no one understands" about Hoodoo, will become glaringly clear when you talk to a real Hoodoo Practitioner of the Scottish Traveller Gypsy clans.


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