He was an Anglican preacher who collected folklore and stories. He started to collect folk magic spells in Illinois where he lived and then worked his way through the South. He recorded these stories via an early recording device. Parents, teachers, and students: Visit our new K Student Library. Last edited by Louise Ann Stowell. July 7, History.
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This is truly an informative, insightful book. Anyone interested in African American history, magic, culture, and hoodoo would truly benefit from this collection. For those wondering, this book is not simply a list or collection of spells.
Hyatt did a wonderful job of preserving various Southern dialects, which to some may be considered 'slang' This is truly an informative, insightful book. Hyatt did a wonderful job of preserving various Southern dialects, which to some may be considered 'slang' or improper spelling, but to those of who are aware of various African American linguistics, it's a snapshot of the past.
The interviews provided in both books I am reading really shows the difference between hoodoo practiced decades ago and hoodoo practiced now. The use of personal concerns chamber lye, hair, nails, ect. If you are African American and interested in the history and culture of your people or just simply hungry for traditional books on hoodoo, then these volumes are worth your time to either hunt down in PDF format or splurge for online.
View all 3 comments. May 20, Andy rated it it was amazing. Feel free the skip the nostalgia and go straight to the review below As a kid I had a fascination with folklore, superstitions and ghost tales. To some extent it's still true, but I was a kid when I first heard of Hyatt's work. In the bibliography of that book Schwartz noted Feel free the skip the nostalgia and go straight to the review below In the bibliography of that book Schwartz noted that the , 2nd Edition of Hyatt's book has "16, entries, the largest single compilation of folk beliefs relating to the United States.
Then in a collection with 36, beliefs was published by Wayland D. Well you can imagine my excitement. This was the early 90's, few people had the internet at that point, and I lived in a small town with one tiny bookstore. Every boy needs one, right? I still have it. I didn't discover that Hyatt also published this massive 5-volume set until I was in my 30's. I managed to peruse the first four volumes by requesting them through an Inter-Library Loan some years ago.
Now there's places you can download them. Enough nostalgia These aren't books I would recommend to the average reader unless they have an obsessive, deep interest in the topic. If you have an interest in literal hoodoo there's cheaper and more readily available options. This is for people who want to dig deep into the history, and in particular the folklore of African-Americans in the American South in the 's.
These books are collections of transcribed interviews and oral accounts from 1, informants Hyatt interviewed across the American South in the 's. The first two volumes were published together in the 's, the last three were published later. The first volume is the most approachable. It goes through a series of beliefs in a more succinct fashion whereas the latter volumes are primarily long-form interviews.
Volume two is primarily a series of rather meandering interviews, but they're fascinating to read and full of stories of witchcraft and spells. Volume three has more interviews for about half of it's length, then covers topics such as sexual impotence, and spells using blood, urine, excrement, sweat, etc.
Volume four covers spells using hair, fingernails and folk medicine. It also covers how to help a murderer escape, or how trap one. It has a large section on graveyard spells and even using hoodoo to win court cases.
The final volume is a bit of a miscellaneous, covering spells using salt, nails, pins, frogs and various other things. It ends with a series of interviews Hyatt conducted in Florida in Here's a sample of what you can expect from the interviews. From Volume 2, page They're discussing whether witches and the belief that witches can "ride" a person in their sleep: A: Well, did [do] you believe in there [is] sich a thing as a witch?
Q: Well, I don't know. A: Well, there is sich a thing as a witch. Q: There're the things that ride you, aren't they? A: Yes sir. Q: How do you keep them from riding you? A: Well, you kin take a pair of scissors an' put underneath your head or you kin take a new piece of lumber an' put it underneath your head [the latter being unusual].
Q: What are these witches? A: Well, I'll tell you. A witch is a person that has sold herself to the devil Hyatt was a good interviewer, he tried to get at precisely what the interviewee was meaning. For example, from Volume 4, page 3, under the heading "Head of grave - Dirt from near tombstone of person who lived evil and wretched life. This dirt near house causes disturbance": A: Well, dey takes a tombstone, from mah undahstandin', from a person dat dey knows is very evil an' lived a wretched life.
Jis' lak if ah wanted tuh have disturbance in de home or anythin', well , ah take dat from dere an' ah put it anywhere aroun' yore house. Q: What do you take, the whole tombstone?
A: Take de whole tomb stone - de dirt on it. Q: Oh the dirt on it? A: Yes, an' put it anywhere roun' yore house an' dat. Yo' ain't goin' tuh live in dat house. Yo' undahstan'?
Q: How do you get that dirt off this tombstone, how do you get it? A: Dig it. Q: Oh, you dig it near the tombstone? A: Yes, sir. As you can see it's written in dialect. I like this a lot, it reflects the time and subject matter. Mir Fascinating. What did your mother make of your interest in this topic? Did she ever talk to you about it? Jun 01, AM.
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Hoodoo Conjuration Witchcraft Rootwork
The "Hoodoo" collection consists of 13, separate magic spells and folkloric beliefs, plus lengthy interviews with professional root doctors, conjures, and hoodoos. All but one of Hyatt's informants were African-Americans, but several narrations by European-Americans collected for his earlier book, "Folklore From Adams County, Illinois" were also included. Hyatt recorded the material on Edison cylinders and a device called a Telediphone, often without the full knowledge of the participants. He then transcribed and annotated it for publication. Occasionally his equipment failed or was not available and he took hand-written notes instead. The s field recordings have since been destroyed, with the exception of a few cylinders that Hyatt had pressed onto 78 rpm records. The Florida interviews of , recorded on cassette tapes, have survived.
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