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Hoodoo in the Old Tradition

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Hoodoo Stories

This page is dedicated to the telling of Hoodoo stories.  Please feel free to share your stories through email or posts and I will post them to this site.  Hoodoo lives in our stories, the stories of our parents, the tales of our ancestors.  Keep the Faith, cherish the culture.

"Popa left Montgomery crippled and came back walkin".

Well, John the Baptist Isaac was suddenly stricken with weakened limbs, found himself unable to walk without crutches.  It was suspected that someone in the community had "worked on him" or "threw something at him" to cause his affliction.  He turned to his older sister, Louise Isaac Johnson who was a well known Hoodoo in Waughs, Montgomery county Alabama who had recently moved down to Mobile.  After seeing his condition, Louise took her younger brother down to Mobile where she could access the power of the ocean, sand and sallt.  She and two other workers took him to the beach where she burried him in the sand in an upright standing position.  He was burried up to his chest, his upper body was protected from the elements by a box, and an umbrella.  He was left in the sand for three days with a prayer warrior constantly by his side. He was given water to drink and made to drink constantly until he became so full that he could not drink any more. After three days, 72 hours, he was dug up and removed from the sand.  Miraculously his limbs were rejuvenated, straightened out and his ability to walk was restored. (this story was told to Dr. K.Hazzard by Louise Johnson, an old tradition Hoodoo who lived from 1870-1972).

"They Had Faith in their Own traditions. "                    Dr. Turners story - this story was told to Dr. Katrina Hazzard by Professor James Turner, founding director of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University

Dr. Turner's aunt suffered an affliction in her arm.  Doctors, try as they might, could not come up with either an adequate diagnosis or treatment.  They only solution they offered was full amputation of her arm. Distrusting "white doctors" and whites in genera,l she turned to the resources of her old black belt community in Georgia.  After praying over it she and the family decided to send her back home to an old powerful "up-country" "doctor" who did the work with "hoodoo medicine".  They took her into the fold, began with amulets, prayer and treatment.  After several months "back home" she returned to Harlem with her arm fully  restored and all signs of affliction and malady had vanished and she regained full use of the arm. 

"I was waitin' extradition back to Pitchburg"  Grandpa Stoney's tale

This story was told to Dr. K. Hazzard by Stonewall Hazzard (1894-1988) her maternal grandfather with whom she lived all her life.  Stonewall's parents had been slaves until their late teenage years. "Daddy" as she called him would often recount stories of haints, John roots, and ghost horses.  These ghost horses were much like the bush deamons of his African ancestors and like "Robination horse" or "Jingos horse" of the old Negro folk stories, these were indeed Hoodoo tales in the flesh. your main content here - text, photos, videos, addons, whatever you want!

Chewing the Root in Alabama

I was n jail in  the old "colored" jail in Montgomery.  A Hoodoo man told my old lady as she was sitting on the porch, "your man is awaiting extradition back up North", I can fix it so he won't have to serve any time. Thirty five dollars was required to complete the work.  That was a lot of money back then.  Well my "old lady" got the money together with the help of friends.  She gave the money to the old Hoodoo, a local, and very powerful 'ttwo-head"..he threw the 'mojo bag' through the old jail window.  Stonewall was told take a small piece of the root contained in the sack.  He was instructed to tie the sack around his waist, and let it hand "down 'tween ma' legs" where it could not be detected in a patdown.  Each day he chewed a tiny piece of the root, and spit the juice in the jail cell.  He was instructed to chew the root while on his way into the court room and spit wherever he could.  Stoney followed the instructions and spit as he entered teh courtroom.  He had been charged with 5 counts of various offenses.  Even though he was a male African facing a white supremacist court, the charges were dismissed and as Stonewall often said "I ain't served no time from that day to this one."  Little did I know that I had been immersed in the story of "chewing the root". 

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