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Hoodoo Conjuration Witchcraft Rootwork -Vols. 1-5 - HM Hyatt - 2 disks boxed

Hoodoo Conjuration Witchcraft Rootwork -Vols. 1-5 - HM Hyatt - 2 disks boxed

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"Hoodoo - Conjuration - Witchcraft - Rootwork" is a 5-volume, 4766-page collection of folkloric material gathered Harry Middleton Hyatt, an Anglican minister, in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia between 1936 and 1940. Supplementary interviews were conducted in Florida in 1970.

This collection consists of 13,458 separate magic spells and folkloric beliefs, plus lengthy interviews with professional root doctors, conjures, and hoodoos. All but one of Hyatt's 1600 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 1930s 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 1970, recorded on cassette tapes, have survived.

Hyatt transcribed the speech of his informants semi-phonetically. What may look to modern eyes like "racial stereotyping" or making fun of Southerners was actually his sincere attempt to catalogue variant regional pronunciations. If you read several spells, you will see that he did NOT impose upon his informants one single stereotyped "black dialect" or "Southern dialect" but in fact conveyed, as accurately as he could, the true sound of each person's speech. Reading the spells aloud and noting the location where each informant lived will help you comprehend this. This is not an apology for Hyatt's technique.

This material was published between 1970 and 1978. The first two volumes were issued as a set in 1970, and said to be complete, but then, after a few years, three more volumes were released. 

This work is important because it sets down in print traditions that were usually passed orally. 
Complete five-volume sets of "Hoodoo - Conjuration - Witchcraft - Rootwork" are available, selling for $3,000 to $6,500 with the occasional single volume selling for $500 and up.

 Also included is "Folklore From Adams County, Illinois."

This is without a doubt the most comprehensive source for information on hoodoo and related American folk magic in existence.

This is a complete set of all five volumes in pdf, .txt, mobi, djvu and daisy formats on 2 CD-ROMs and packaged in a hinged box. These disks are meant to be used in a computer and will not play on a standard CD/DVD player. They are also guaranteed. All of our disks undergo a verification upon duplication. While we do not accept returns on recorded media, in the chance that you have an issue with your disks, we will replace them. We will also provide support should you need it.

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