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Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition

Yvonne Chireau


This book 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, the author describes Conjure and other related traditions, such as Hoodoo and Rootworking, in a detailed history which presents the voices and experiences of African Americans and shows how magic has informed their culture. Focusing on the relationship between Conjure and Christ ... More

Keywords: Conjure, healing, harming, slavery period, Hoodoo, Rootworking, African Americans, magic, culture, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520209879
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520209879.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yvonne Chireau, author