hoodoo

hoodooMany legendary blues musicians sang about the hoodoo. The goal of hoodoo is to allow ordinary people access to supernatural forces to improve their daily lives by gaining power in many areas of life. Usually the goal is to bring fortune, revenge, heath, employment, or whatever the person wants, really. The mojo hand is a tool that allows the believer to conjure these forces. This American superstitious practise of magical spells has it’s roots in the African religion Vodoun, or voodoo.

MA Rainey (1886-1939) , sang about using black cat bones to cast out all other women in her life that were chasing after her man.

LOUISIANA HOO DOO BLUESa-young-ma-rainey
by Ma Rainey

Going to the Louisiana bottom to get me a hoodoo hand
Going to the Louisiana bottom to get me a hoodoo hand
Gotta stop these women from taking my man.

Down in Algiers where the hoodoos live in their den
Down in Algiers where the hoodoos live in their den
Their chief occupation is separating women from men.

The hoodoo told me to get me a black cat bone
The hoodoo told me to get me a black cat bone
And shake it over their heads, they’ll leave your man alone.

Twenty years in the bottom, that ain’t long to stay
Twenty years in the bottom, that ain’t long to stay
If I can keep these tush-hog women from taking my man away.

So I’m bound for New Orleans, down in goofer dust land
So I’m bound for New Orleans, down in goofer dust land
Down where the hoodoo folks can fix it for you with your man.

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