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Enslaved Africans of the Southeast, known as the Gullah, as well as those in Louisiana, were people who enjoyed an isolation and relative freedom that allowed for retention of the practices of their West African ancestors.Rootwork or hoodoo, in the Mississippi Delta where the concentration of enslaved Africans was dense, was practiced but under a large cover of secrecy.
It can be taken "to the crossroads", carried for protection, or even left open at specific pages while facing specific directions.
You'll get what's coming to you)" Not only is God's providence a factor in hoodoo practice, but hoodoo thought understands God as the archetypal hoodoo doctor.
On this matter Zora Hurston stated, "The way we tell it, hoodoo started way back there before everything.
It is a blend of practices from the people of the Kongo, Benin/Togo, Nigeria and others.
The extent to which hoodoo could be practiced varied by region and the temperament of the slave owners.
For example, though there are strong ideas of good versus evil, cursing someone to cause their death might not be considered a malignant act.