The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook has ratings and 23 reviews. Cultural psychologist and root worker Denise Alvarado, who grew up in New Orleans, draws. All artwork and photography is by Denise Alvarado or in the public domain. Other books by this author: The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook. A Guide to Serving the. 1 Nov The Paperback of the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook by Denise Alvarado at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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Christi Davenport rated it it was amazing Sep 26, Alvarado, as mentioned, straddles both worlds and is therefore able to write about Voodoo with both an academic and experiential slant.

The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook 4. Because she is alvadado the history of hoodoo and whitewashing it in order to sell as many books to white folk as possible. Since the Magickal Formulary Spellbook is a bit of a hard to find book, maybe she thought that no one would notice?

Skip to main content. Ira rated it liked it May 03, When I first heard about this book, everyone was giving it such great reviews and praising it as one of the best books on hoodoo ever written. I DO wish it had more cultural context, but a lot of context can be inferred from reading the spells and rituals. Hey, I was teased in school, and some of the girls were black. Nicholas Kakavoulis Papadimitriou rated it liked it May 15, Jan 25, Mika rated it really liked it.


Along the way, Voodoo has incorporated Native American rituals, Catholic beliefs, and even European folk magic. Trivia About The Voodoo Hoodoo People who practice white magic or the right hand path steer clear of the spells that harm others, that destroy, or kill.

Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook

Show More Show Less. Anyway, I’m packin’ now. Cultural psychologist and root worker Denise Alvarado, who grew up in New Orleans, draws from a lifetime of r. I am going to take this review step by step.

Overview Music Video Charts. Both books- her self-published version and her new version- seem to be more concerned with tourist like descriptions of super spoopy New Orleans zombies and voodoo dolls than presenting hoodoo as a legitimate spirituality of African Americans.

Interesting, though I only really read the first half and browsed through the 2nd half with all the spells and stuff. This book contains everything from history to folklore, Loas to Orishas, saints and psalms, oils, powders, inks, washes, gris gris, talismans, candles, and conjure spells for every imaginable need.

Book review: Denise Alvarado’s *The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook*

There are people who believe that this is the best book written on modern hoodoo, when there are many more traditional books on hoodoo written from a more modern perspective that are much better than this book- such as Starr Casas and Catherine Yronwode.


Hoodoo is not a system with ‘healing as it’s central focus’- it is a tradition that was wrought out of the determination of alvaraeo people to survive.

This book’s entire claim to fame is the eenise that it contains formulas- that is it. Here are a few examples, from the older version of her book. Want to Read saving…. Alvarado includes a history of this particular folk magic and of its practitioners. I recommend reading this book to get a bit of foundation.

She is also an anthropologist with a firm grasp on the African Diaspora and its relationship to her home town. The fact that Raymond Buckland gave it a glowing review says something: The spells she presents are steeped in the wisdom of the river, the bayous, and the roots and plants that folk practitioners have used for centuries. It was voodlo great overview and introduction to concepts.

The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook

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