The Magical Practices of Hoodoo
Hoodoo is a form of mostly African-American traditional folk magic. Often referred to as conjure, hoodoo developed from the combination of several different cultures and magical traditions, including African and Native American traditions and European magical practices. Hoodoo is thought to have originated with African slaves.
The goal of hoodoo is for people to improve their lives through access to supernatural powers. In accordance with the principles of hoodoo, power is attainable in many areas of life including luck, money, love, divination, revenge, health, employment and necromancy. As with many other folk religions and magical practices, extensive use is made of herbs, minerals, parts of animals' bodies, an individual's possessions and bodily fluid. Contact with dead spirits is an important ritual, as is the recitation of Psalms. Homemade potions and charms are the basis of most old-time ritual hoodoo. Hoodoo is often mistaken for voodoo, but they are quite different. Voodoo is a religion, while hoodoo is just a group of magical practices.