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Conjure in African American Society

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Conjure's ability to merge supernaturalism and religion-along with a widespread belief in, fear of, or respect for conjure's effectiveness-has made it a force across generations, Anderson shows, and not only among blacks. New Age spiritualism, Afro-Caribbean syncretic faiths, and modern psychological understandings of magic have all contributed to a recent revival of conju ...more
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published December 30th 2005 by LSU Press (first published November 30th 2005)
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Aug 22, 2016 Min rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining broad study of the religions associated, past and present, with Conjure, as well as, the magical practice itself from earliest days, to the modern embodiment in white, middle-class, consumerist forms.
If one wondered about the names, and development of the gods/powers, as their worshipers found new shores, this gives a brief telling. Also, how the various influences of European, Native American, and African magical systems blended, the author offers a brief survey. Furthe
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Recommends it for: African-American History buffs, those interested in history or folklore
Shelves: hoodoo
Absolutely fascinating. A history of hoodoo from a historian.
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