Black Magic – Yvonne Chireau

The origins, meaning, and uses of conjure, also known as hoodoo—the African American tradition of healing and harming.


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Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2006. Paperback, 222 pages. New.

Subtitled, ‘Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition’. Black Magic looks at the origins, meaning, and uses of  hoodoo, which is also known a ‘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. With its groundbreaking analysis of an often misunderstood tradition, this book adds an important perspectivey.

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Yvonne P. Chireau is Associate Professor of Religion at Swarthmore College and coeditor, with N. Deutsch, of Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism (2000).