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How good is this book? Walter Five Worth the several years of study it takes to properly study, absorb, review and apply all the material contained in the 5-volume set. See 1 question about Hoodoo, Conjuration, Witchcraft, and Rootwork…. Lists with This Book. Aug 02, Melissa rated it it was amazing Recommended to Melissa by: This is truly an informative, insightful book. Anyone interested in African American history, magic, culture, and hoodoo would truly benefit from this collection.

For those wondering, this book is not simply a list or collection of spells. Hyatt did a wonderful job of preserving various Southern dialects, which to some may be considered ‘sla This is truly an informative, insightful book.

Hyatt did a wonderful job of preserving various Southern dialects, which to some may be considered ‘slang’ or improper spelling, but to those of who are aware of various African American linguistics, it’s a snapshot of the past. The interviews provided in both books I am reading really shows the difference between hoodoo practiced decades ago and hoodoo practiced now. The use of personal concerns chamber lye, hair, nails, ect.

If you are African American and interested in the history and culture of your people or just simply hungry for traditional books on hoodoo, then these volumes are worth your time to either hunt down in PDF format or splurge for online. View all 3 comments. May 20, Andy rated it it was amazing. Feel free the skip the nostalgia and go straight to the review below As a kid I had a fascination with folklore, superstitions and ghost tales. To some extent it’s still true, but I was a kid when I first heard of Hyatt’s work.

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In the bibliography of that book Schwartz noted Feel free the skip the nostalgia and go straight to the review below In the bibliography of that book Schwartz noted that the2nd Edition of Hyatt’s book has “16, entries, the largest single compilation of folk beliefs relating to the United States. Then in a collection with 36, beliefs was published by Wayland D. Well you can imagine my excitement. This was the early 90’s, few people had the internet at that point, and I lived in a small town with one tiny bookstore.


Every boy needs one, right? I still have it. I didn’t discover that Hyatt also published this massive 5-volume set until I was in my 30’s. I managed to peruse the first four volumes by requesting them through an Inter-Library Loan some years ago.

Now there’s places you can download them. These aren’t books I would recommend conjkration the average reader unless they wirchcraft an obsessive, deep interest in the topic. If you have an interest in literal hoodoo there’s cheaper and more readily available options.

This is for people who want to dig deep into the history, and in particular the folklore of African-Americans in the American South in the ‘s.

These books are collections of transcribed interviews and oral accounts from 1, informants Hyatt interviewed across withcraft American South in the ‘s. The first two volumes were published together in the ‘s, the last three were published later.

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The first volume is the most approachable. It goes through a series of beliefs in a more succinct fashion whereas the latter volumes are primarily long-form interviews.

Volume one covers topics such as: Volume two is primarily a series of rather meandering interviews, but they’re fascinating to read and full of stories of witchcraft and spells. Volume three has more interviews for about half of it’s length, then covers topics such as sexual impotence, and spells using blood, urine, excrement, sweat, etc.

Volume four covers spells using hair, fingernails and folk medicine. It also covers how to help a murderer escape, or how trap one. It has a large section on graveyard spells and even using hoodoo to win court cases. The final volume is a bit of a miscellaneous, covering spells using salt, nails, pins, frogs and various other things.

It ends with a series of interviews Hyatt conducted in Florida in Here’s a sample of what you can expect from the interviews.

From Volume 2, page They’re discussing whether witches and the belief that witches can “ride” a person in their sleep: Well, did [do] you believe in there [is] sich a thing as a witch?

Well, I don’t know. Well, there is sich a thing as a witch. There’re the things that ride you, aren’t they?

How do you keep them from riding you? Well, you kin take a pair of scissors an’ put underneath your head or you kin take a new piece of lumber an’ put it underneath your head [the latter being unusual]. What are these witches? Well, I’ll tell you.


A witch is a person that has sold herself to the devil Hyatt was a good interviewer, he tried to get at precisely what the interviewee was meaning. For example, witchvraft Volume 4, page 3, under the heading “Head of grave – Dirt from near tombstone of person who lived evil and wretched life.

This dirt near house causes disturbance”: Well, dey takes a tombstone, from mah undahstandin’, from a person dat dey knows is very evil an’ lived a wretched life.

Jis’ lak if ah wanted tuh have disturbance in de home or anythin’, wellah take dat from dere an’ ah put it anywhere aroun’ yore house. What do you take, the whole tombstone? Take de whole tomb witcycraft – de dirt on it. Oh the dirt on it? Yes, an’ put it anywhere roun’ yore house an’ dat. Yo’ ain’t goin’ tuh live in dat house. How do you get that dirt off this tombstone, how do you get it? Oh, you dig it near the tombstone? As you roltwork see it’s written in dialect.

I like this a lot, it reflects the time and subject matter. If you’re wondering why these are so hard to find, at the start of volume 3 we read: Other classic volumes that may be of interest: Freddericka rated it liked it Dec 22, Wayne Adams rated it it was amazing Oct 25, Gabriel rated it hoosoo was amazing Jan 08, Twanda rated it did not like it Jan 08, Andrew rated it it was amazing Jan 26, Walter Five rated it it was amazing Jun 20, Kerryb46 rated it it was ok Mar 11, Gentlyferal rated it it was amazing Dec 10, Robert Bowen rated it it was amazing Sep 05, Charles Porterfield rated it it was amazing Jun 03, Robert Johnson rated it it was ok Jun 08, Cameal rated it really liked it Nov 18, Rasmus Skovdal rated it really liked it Oct 14, Dexter Deandre rated it liked it Aug 06, The Once and Future King rated it it was amazing Aug 18, James rated it it was amazing Jan 12, Kheti Sahure rated it it was amazing Feb 09, Christopher Stevenson rated it it was amazing Oct 05,