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Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Black Magic looks at the origins, meaning, and uses of Conjure—the African American tradition of healing and harming that evolved from African, European, and American elements—from the slavery period to well into the twentieth century. Illuminating a world that is dimly understood by both scholars and the general public, Yvonne P. Chireau describes Conjure and other relate ...more
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published October 2nd 2003 by University of California Press
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Onyx
Sep 06, 2014 Onyx rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: skeptics and other secularists
Shelves: cultural-magicks
I'd never thought I would side with Conservatives, but when it comes to education, maybe a person really can have too much of a good thing. It seems that a lot of scholarship does not make for a good book.

If you're looking for a book that treats Conjure, rootwork, hoodoo, and similar practices in a neutral way, this isn't it. It's a book that has been written for an academic audience, and as such, the author seems to attempt to appease a generally secular mindset. She doesn't take her subject se
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Betsy Phillips
I'd like to give this a really strong four stars. It's really good. But there are some holes, too. Chireau, for instance, doesn't address Spiritualism among white people at all, so the narrative arc of the 19th century for her seems to be "blacks are regarded as more and more backwards and superstitious as whites become more scientific and practical." Well, yes, kind of, but I wish that had been rendered a little more problematic by a discussion of all the white people running around talking to ...more
Rebekah H.
Concise, well thought out, and covering a lot of material. Chireau seems pretty unbiased for a researcher, which is nice. A fascinating subject.
Alaris
5 stars for content and 2 syars for readability. Reading it was a chore.
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Yvonne Chireau is a Professor of Religion at Swarthmore College.
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