Title

Black Magic: Religion And The African American Conjuring Tradition

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

2003

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Black Magic: Religion And The African American Conjuring Tradition

Abstract

Black Magic 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 into the twentieth century. Illuminating a world that is dimly understood by both scholars and the general public, Yvonne P. Chireau describes Conjure and related practices, such as Hoodoo and Rootworking, in a beautifully written, richly detailed history that presents the voices and experiences of African Americans and shows how magic has informed their culture. Focusing on the relationship between Conjure and Christianity, Chireau shows how these seemingly contradictory traditions have been woven together to provide spiritual empowerment for Africa Americans, both slave and free, living in white America.--BOOK JACKET

Published By

University of California Press

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