"Foodoo" is a term I use to refer to "faux-hoodoo" (fake/false hoodoo). I guess the term "Phoodoo" (phoney hoodoo) can also be used.
Warning Signs That Someone Is A "Foodoo"
- The person is Wiccan and blends Wicca into hoodoo. This is perhaps the biggest problem currently. For some reason Wiccans also like to "teach" hoodoo and sell their own lines of conjure products online, especially on etsy sites.
- The person is a member of an ATR (African Traditional Religion), such as Voodou, Santeria, Ifa, Palo, etc. These people claim to do hoodoo but when push comes to shove they resort to the traditions of their own religions rather than hoodoo.
- The person practices Brujeria, the traditional folk-magic of Mexico and Latin America. As with the members of ATR's, these people will revert to doing what they know how to do, i.e. Brujeria. Brujeria may be similar to hoodoo, but it's not the same thing.
- The person doesn't use the bible in their work.
- The person practices Lousiana Voodoo/New Orleans Voodoo but presents it as being hoodoo. The key difference is that practitioners of Lousiana Voodoo will call upon pagan gods or spirits while hoodoo practitioners will not. Lousiana Voodoo practitioners will call upon the Loa, the Orisha, even pagan gods like the Hindu gods. Real hoodoo folk only work with God, Jesus, the Holy Ghost, the Saints, and the Ancestors.
- The person practices witchcraft, in the original definition of the word, i.e. an evil-doer, a person who practices unjustified black magic. For example, a couple of years ago I was reading the forums over at Lucky Mojo. A woman bragged about using "hoodoo" on her dance competition. She invoked Jesus to prevent the broken leg of a fellow dancer from healing so that she could take the spotlight. This woman is a witch, not a hoodoo practitioner. I've also read many frightful tales of people putting curses on people, even their own blood, for stupid, foolish, and trivial matters. Once again, those people are witches, not hoodoo practitioners. See Also: Witches In Hoodoo
- If the person is a member of the AIRR (Association of Independent Readers & Rootworkers). This is the alleged group of "rootworkers" that Catherine Yronwode created. They are supposed to be authentic. They are anything but in my opinion. The majority of the members of AIRR are into Santeria, Palo, Voodou, New Age, Wicca, and other things that have nothing whatsoever to do with hoodoo. The only exception is like one or two people as far as I can tell. If all you are looking for is spell work, then yes, these people can do spell work for you. However, they are not hoodoo folk in my opinion.