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Posted by Dr. Katrina Hazzard-Donald on November 27, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Welcome to the new BLOG page:  Please post your Hoodoo Stories and discussions here...Peace & blessings...Dr. K. Omogun.

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Topic: why de frog hab flat hansReply to Topic.Displaying all 7 posts..Joe Fisher
Le mi share disyea ; De frog had un nice plot ob lan . Him wan clear de land fe plantin . Him went to de villiage en asked fo hep on he lan . De whole villiage jine in an cleared de lan.

So him tell ebry un him wan shake de han ob each one . Dem line up bout mile long . Some skrong men squezz him han mighty . When de tru , frog han mash up flat to dis day .

Frog plain to Gawd , why dem treat him so badly ? Gawd de tell um " You kant shake ebry one han .

En de name ob de " KONKER " .
Reply Supreme Wellness
1:56 PM on December 12, 2010 
I don't know if this counts as "hoodoo stories," but it is some of the ways of my mother and her people. Many people know of not letting just anyone do your hair, and to not throw your hair in the trash. Well, my mother also did blessing with hair, but she only did this on my brother--I think because black folks don't generally cut their girls hair when they're young. When my brother was around 2 or 3 years old his hair finally was too big of an afro and my dad said he would give my brother his first hair cut. As my dad cut his hair, my mother gathered up all his hair and bagged it up, then she put it in between some pages the family bible. I don't know what passage in the bible she placed it in, but I found out from my great aunt that that is a blessing to keep the child safe.

Another thing my mother did, when she did me and my sisters' hair, she never let us say thank you after it was done. If we were to accidently say that she would have a fit. We were to never say thank you, she said if we did our hair would fall out and if we were to get our hair done at a salon, she would tell the hairdresser we didn't say "thank you." 'Til this day, with my sisters and with my daughters, we say "Mo' hair, grow hair." (smile).
Reply Eje
3:03 PM on December 22, 2010 
Well I have SEVERAL Hoodoo stories. My grandmother was a proud Hoodoo woman.
Story #1- One of my aunts was dating this man and there was another woman in the neighborhood that wanted him. My aunt had been with this man for years and had a child with him. Now the other lady that wanted him was knowledegable of hoodoo and used it to get my aunts man, I guess due to the unbalance of the relationship of the new woman and my aunts ex man... the woman killed him and also killed the dog. I dont know how or what specifics but my whole family knew the lady worked hoodoo to get my anunts man.
Story #2- My same aunt and my aunt's ex boyfriend new girlfriend did not like each other due to the above story so the new girlfriend put a curse on my aunt. My aunt began to drink alot due to the hearbreak but the new girfriend found a way to get my aunts hair from her hair brush and put a root that made a hair ball grow inside her stomach everytime she took a drink. So the hair ball was growing and leaving a lump inside of her and caused her pain. So my aunt went to the doctor and they saw nothing and said they could not do anything for her. So my grand mother (her mother) knew it was hoodoo and tried to cure her, being that this mass of hair grew for some time my grand mother was unsucessful in curing her but she did know someone who did hoodoo very extensively and sure nuf my aunt was 100% cure once leaving the root doctor.

So far thats some of the stores I have but I do have lots of saying that has been passed on to me
-Read a Proverbs everyday
-Dont throw out your hair, a bird may get to it and make a nest and you will have headaches
-put menestral blood in your mans food or drink to keep him under your 'spell'
- if you dont want someone to come back, sweep salt behind them when they leave
-spinkle salt to purify an area
Reply Miss Ivy
4:47 PM on December 24, 2010 
Peace & Blessings to all, so happy to report that after three years without a raise my husband was blessed yesterday with a nice bonus. We did the Winter Solstice ritual and I had to edit it to accomodate our lifestyle and so glad the ancestors were pleased.
Reply Lance Foster
10:01 AM on December 30, 2010 
At work, I was assigned a new boss. She was coming around my department, hostile to me, looking at destroying the division and preparing the groundwork for getting me fired (I was too aggressive in my advocacy for indigenous people). The writing was on the wall, and it looked like I was getting canned the next day. I am the sole support of my family. I did the folded name-paper in my shoe trick on her. The whole thing changed. She became a friend, and not only didn't fire me or destroy the division, but actually added more positions to it, more employees and advocates. In 24 hours the whole thing changed, just based on the name paper in the shoe trick. I don't use hoodoo hardly never unless in deepest need.
Reply SweetiePea
10:12 PM on March 5, 2012 
Hello. I joined because I was looking for people to talk to to and share my concerns as I am a little confused about things but I also joined because I wanted to share a story with you.

Many may not know but the shotgun house is very important to Southern Blacks. I am very proud to say that I was raised in one. :-) Well, on News Years day, a man must be the first person to come to your house and he must walk, without stopping from the front door all the way to the back. Also, your front and back door must not line up. The back door should be slightly off center. They both are supposed to be lucky.
Reply SweetiePea
10:14 PM on March 5, 2012 
Eje says...
Well I have SEVERAL Hoodoo stories. My grandmother was a proud Hoodoo woman.
Story #1- One of my aunts was dating this man and there was another woman in the neighborhood that wanted him. My aunt had been with this man for years and had a child with him. Now the other lady that wanted him was knowledegable of hoodoo and used it to get my aunts man, I guess due to the unbalance of the relationship of the new woman and my aunts ex man... the woman killed him and also killed the dog. I dont know how or what specifics but my whole family knew the lady worked hoodoo to get my anunts man.
Story #2- My same aunt and my aunt's ex boyfriend new girlfriend did not like each other due to the above story so the new girlfriend put a curse on my aunt. My aunt began to drink alot due to the hearbreak but the new girfriend found a way to get my aunts hair from her hair brush and put a root that made a hair ball grow inside her stomach everytime she took a drink. So the hair ball was growing and leaving a lump inside of her and caused her pain. So my aunt went to the doctor and they saw nothing and said they could not do anything for her. So my grand mother (her mother) knew it was hoodoo and tried to cure her, being that this mass of hair grew for some time my grand mother was unsucessful in curing her but she did know someone who did hoodoo very extensively and sure nuf my aunt was 100% cure once leaving the root doctor.

So far thats some of the stores I have but I do have lots of saying that has been passed on to me
-Read a Proverbs everyday
-Dont throw out your hair, a bird may get to it and make a nest and you will have headaches
-put menestral blood in your mans food or drink to keep him under your 'spell'
- if you dont want someone to come back, sweep salt behind them when they leave
-spinkle salt to purify an area


- if you dont want someone to come back, sweep salt behind them when they leave

I have done this and it works! I had to do it three times and to this day that lady has never been back. She even left a plate that she said she would come back for and never did! That was nearly 8 years ago! Lol!

Also, I was taught to burn the hair. I still do this. Lol!
Reply Sister Sharon
7:49 PM on June 25, 2012 
Incident in Alabama, A Spell on my Aunt

First of all, thank you to Dr. K. Omogun for providing this platform for us.

My family history is rich with rootwork and hoodoo, coming from rural North Alabama many generations in my family have their stories to tell.

I had an great aunt who had a spell placed on her by a rival over a man. My aunt lay in bed for many years, refusing to speak or do anything. My great grandmother visited many rootdoctors but no one could help my aunt. One day a thunderstorm was getting ready to pass through the area and the sky became dark, lightening flashing and thundering booming. At the time my great aunt was living with my grandmother and her family. They lived in an old shack out in the woods it was basically a shot gun house you could walk straight through it. While the storm was brewing and growing closer (the rain had not come yet) out of nowhere a man walked into the back door and without looking left or right walked straight through the house on out the front door. My grandmother and her children where speechless they had never seen this man before and to see this stranger just walk through their house without saying a word or even looking at them was shocking. As soon as he walked out the door he disappeared and at that moment my great aunt who had been lying in bed all those years suddenly got out of bed and stated "I'm hungry" and went into the kitchen looking for something to eat. She talked with everyone and carried on as if nothing had happened and from that day forward went on with her life.

People laught at spells, hoodoo and rootwork but these things are real and can do great harm. Something happened to the conjurer who placed this spell on my aunt causing it to be broken and whatever it was it was of divine nature hence the strange man walking through the house. It is not good to bend the will of others or bring them harm, there is a balance in the universe (nature) that shouldn't be disturbed. For every bad spell placed upon another a price has to be paid somewhere, a sacrifice must be given and sometimes the rootworker ends up paying the steepest price of all.
Reply Sister Sharon
8:03 PM on June 25, 2012 
Real Hot Foot Powder!

I wrote about how my great aunt was conjured but I want to tell about another incident that happened right before the spell was placed on her.

My great aunt would often go visit our relatives in Iron City, TN she lived in the Lauderdale County area. When young my great aunt and my grandmother use to live in Iron City with their family so she was very familiar with the area and people. She had met a young man in Iron City and so she would go up there as often as she could. However, there was another woman in the area who also liked this young man and she viewed my aunt as a threat. The woman was able to obtain some form of hot foot powder (not that worthless stuff being sold today but genuine potent hot foot powder) and she placed it at the train station where people unboard. As soon as my aunts foot hit the ground she felt as if her foot was on fire and pain shot all the way up through her body.

In those days especially back up in the woods where my family was from, rootworkers made their recipies from scratch with things that were available around them. It would have been considered a shame to order their stuff from some traveling salesman or out of catalogue. What they used was passed down to them from descendants of slaves and they held onto this knowledge with their life. Rootwork was sacred and divine knowledge that only the most trusted was allowed to learn. When you see rootwork, hoodoo and voodoo courses and initiatians don't waste your money, most of these are worthless because true rootworkers never shared their knowledge with just anyone.
Reply mdavis
11:52 PM on July 27, 2012 
My grandmother would have a fit if you swept after dark and never swept out the front door, we were told to always use a dust pan. She said if you swept after dark, you would sweep someone out the family-in other words, death would come. Also she never allowed a woman to come to her house the first thing on a Monday morning-bad luck! If you did, that would be the biggest cussin out you ever heard!
Reply mdavis
11:59 PM on July 27, 2012 
A woman sitting on your bed was not tolerated, a chair was always available in the bedroom. My grandmother explained it like this; a woman has a scent that attracts men, especially during menstrual cycles and your man will be attracted to their scent. She used to say, if you want to give your man to a female visitors, then just let her sit on your bed that you share with your man!
Reply Curious1
4:58 PM on October 10, 2012 
I was just wondering pabout the hair myths, is it possible to do a spell on someones hair so it does not grow or properly? And is there anyway to break the spell?

Eje says...
Well I have SEVERAL Hoodoo stories. My grandmother was a proud Hoodoo woman.
Story #1- One of my aunts was dating this man and there was another woman in the neighborhood that wanted him. My aunt had been with this man for years and had a child with him. Now the other lady that wanted him was knowledegable of hoodoo and used it to get my aunts man, I guess due to the unbalance of the relationship of the new woman and my aunts ex man... the woman killed him and also killed the dog. I dont know how or what specifics but my whole family knew the lady worked hoodoo to get my anunts man.
Story #2- My same aunt and my aunt's ex boyfriend new girlfriend did not like each other due to the above story so the new girlfriend put a curse on my aunt. My aunt began to drink alot due to the hearbreak but the new girfriend found a way to get my aunts hair from her hair brush and put a root that made a hair ball grow inside her stomach everytime she took a drink. So the hair ball was growing and leaving a lump inside of her and caused her pain. So my aunt went to the doctor and they saw nothing and said they could not do anything for her. So my grand mother (her mother) knew it was hoodoo and tried to cure her, being that this mass of hair grew for some time my grand mother was unsucessful in curing her but she did know someone who did hoodoo very extensively and sure nuf my aunt was 100% cure once leaving the root doctor.

So far thats some of the stores I have but I do have lots of saying that has been passed on to me
-Read a Proverbs everyday
-Dont throw out your hair, a bird may get to it and make a nest and you will have headaches
-put menestral blood in your mans food or drink to keep him under your 'spell'
- if you dont want someone to come back, sweep salt behind them when they leave
-spinkle salt to purify an area
Reply Nicky Omosalewa Reed
8:02 PM on April 24, 2013 
I keep finding myself back here again.My mother was telling me about my great great grandmother who was a midwife and herbalist. My mother said that her mother told her that my grandmothers grandmother delivered all of them. She even went to herbalist conferences in Florida back in the day. My grandmother said that she knew every herb there was. I assume this is where I get my fascination with midwifing and herbalism. My mother told me a story about when my great aunt was born. She intuitively knew that something was wrong with the baby and knew they had to go to the hospital. Well, my great aunt was born deaf and cannot speak. Something is driving me to learn more about my heritage. I had to put the Yoruba on the back burner for a while. I am thankful for this site.
Reply ArchAngel Michael
5:57 AM on August 27, 2015 
mdavis says...
My grandmother would have a fit if you swept after dark and never swept out the front door, we were told to always use a dust pan. She said if you swept after dark, you would sweep someone out the family-in other words, death would come. Also she never allowed a woman to come to her house the first thing on a Monday morning-bad luck! If you did, that would be the biggest cussin out you ever heard!
Reply Renee Bledsol
7:09 PM on October 27, 2015 
I am from the country in Southeast Louisiana and these are a few things were taught:

Burn your hair after you cut it so no one can cast on you, and flush your nail clippings
Don't sweep over anyone's feet it's general bad luck
Sex ties you to a person
If a spirit calls out your name, don't reply back
If you since a bad spirit call out Psalms 91 or 23, or the Lord's Prayer
Don't eat at just anyone's house
Listen to children, they can see what you won't or can't- especially around certain people, the kids know!
Don't let people play in your hair ( for obvious reasons)
Watch who you let in your house, they bring their spirits with them
The salt sweep or pine oil mop of your front door
Cabbage over the door for good luck
Whatever work you do good or bad comes back, you got to give something to get something
Don't tell people your plans, they may pray against you
Listen to the dead when they are telling you something

And they never put any family pictures up in the front rooms of the house, when I asked my mom she said you don't let people see where you are vulnerable. Family photos were in bedrooms or in the back of the house where company didn't go.

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