Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Hoodoo Truth: The Christianity Of Hoodoo

The number one thing that turns many people off from hoodoo/rootwork/conjure, is the Christianity associated with it. However, the Christianity of the practice is not, I repeat, not the typical, hardcore, fundamentalist Christianity that most people are familiar with. Instead, the type of Christianity found in hoodoo is more aptly described as "folk religion". So what is folk religion? Well, bluntly it is the religion of the people, disconnected from official religious stances or teachings. Now, as far as level of "religiosity" goes, individual workers will vary in their level of religiousness. Some don't attend church but many do. However, when the workers of the past used Christianity in their work they were not just saying empty prayers or reciting words from a book they didn't believe in. Quite the opposite! Workers fully believed in the biblical God, in Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the prophets and the saints, etc. Christianity was not used to mask "witchcraft" as many fundamentalists have claimed.

I've touched on this before but until people understand how Christianity and the Bible were used to justify slavery and atrocities against non-whites then they will not understand how most conjure workers are closer to the "True Christianity" than most Christians today. If you read your bible then you know that Christians are supposed to be magical. Christians are supposed to be able to heal, to raise the dead, to take up serpents, and be impervious to poisons. It's all in the good book if Christians would simply read the bible. So in this example hoodoo folk are far closer to being true Christians than the majority of Christians today who think that God calls them to do nothing. The typical fundamentalist Christian, especially among whites, has zero spiritual power. That's the opposite of conjure folk.

So in conclusion, please realize that the Christianity of hoodoo/rootwork/conjure, is not the "shove-it-down-your-throat" variety where people in fancy clothes like to sit there and judge you. That's not the Christianity of hoodoo. The Christianity of hoodoo is meant to set you free.

13 comments:

Geebz said...

Love this post Doc because it's right on!

DocConjure said...

@ Geebz,

Thank you. Somebody needed to address it. Perhaps someone else could have stated it better but at least it's off my chest now.

Anonymous said...

I've been following your blog for a while now, I was very happy to see this in there. Whites who come to hoodoo (and that can also include me) are often ignorant of these practices, claiming one thing for another. Even some blacks don't know their own heritage enough to know any better. Glad there is someone out there spreading the truth for what hoodoo is, and not trying to make it into something that it is not.

DocConjure said...

@ Anonymous,

Thank you and welcome to the blog.

I wrote this because of course hoodoo is being taught online that it's okay to throw out the Bible and Christianity. It just can't be done. I don't go into Wicca and teach that they should just throw out "the goddess" or what not, but many people are being taught they can do just that, come in and start throwing stuff out.

Also, about the white part. Check my blogs for the posts on the Scott-Irish. I am perhaps the only person online talking about the role of the Scott-Irish in Hoodoo. Case in point, the name "Hoodoo" is not African, i'ts Scott-Irish. Haints, being born with a "veil", the term "second sight", etc., are all Scott-Irish stuff. Even "The Black Man at the Crossroads" may be more Scott-Irish than people believe, but more research needs to be done on this.

As far as I'm concerned, hoodoo is a tapestry composed of a black, white, and red thread, for the African, Scott-Irish, and Native American practices.

Granny Kate said...

I can only use scripture and psalms in my work if I'm doing work for one who believes in the Bible (even vaguely). I can't use it for myself. I think you draw on the bank account where you put your money (so to speak) and I don't have any currency in that bank.

On the thread of where it comes from, check out a children's book called The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci. It is touted as a HooDoo tale, retold. But in reality, it is a Grimm's Fairy Tale, retold.

Our roots run together.

DocConjure said...

@ Granny Kate,

I don't know what you are but you are not a conjure worker. Sorry. Conjure workers don't ever not use the Bible in favor of Paganism and other religions. Never. So you can call yourself a sorceress or whatever you want to call yourself but you are not practicing hoodoo, a.k.a. root work or conjure.

Anonymous said...

I need sum work done....fast...can anyone help?Im in N.C...

DocConjure said...

@ Anonymous at 2:57 PM on September 24, 2014,

Email me at TheDemoniacal@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I'm getting closer to my Hispanic roots and my mom's families Catholic folk magickal practice but I was raised Christian on my father's side and practice as a Christian i am still young I'm age by the way and was hoping you could shed some light on the situation... I read my Bible and use the Bible in my workings BUT I see the Bible saying it's bad to divinate with cards (which I use) and its not okay to practice magick what is your whole opinion on divination and the Bible saying it's not right and as well as doing candle work and so on.. Thank you so much

Danny Chen said...

Thank you for this blog address, now I know that the Bible condemns the “forbidden arts" such as divination and "magic", but in other cases it isn't forbidden, it just a prohibition from using this to invoke unholy names

Danny Chen said...

Sorry for the cuttoff,

So the bible forbid it only if it uses sources not approve by God of the Bible himself such as demons and Pagan gods. In the other hand, the permissible sources are God the Holy Trinity of the Bible, biblical saints, angels, and biblical prophets. So there's boundaries drawn between God the Holy Trinity or the other sources being tapped to when performing a "magical ritual".

Ellie said...

I am fascinated by this discussion. I am a traditional English witch and I get tired of everyone saying I must be Wiccan and follow the Goddess, because I am not and I don't I was born and raised Christian and am still so and always will be. I love learning about the Hoodoo ways because I can relate to them. Because the Saints are always with me and help in my work.6

Unknown said...

I am a christian girl grew up in Christianity. As i got older i stopped going to church and some weird things started happening as far as unusal spirits things im trying to figure out how to go about the situation is my christianity the wrong thing

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