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I was going through the website planning for my next order, and read that "The Black Pullet" "has long been accepted by both Appalachian and African-American conjurers." As a native Applachian who is very interested in learning more about folk magic from my ancestors, I was wondering if anyone could give me more info on how this text was used in Appalachia, or in Hoodoo overall. I've so far been unable to find any information on my own.
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The Black Pullet is one of the many European grimoires that was translated into English and sold via mail order and in candle shops and occult shops from the 19th century onward. As an example of its use in Appalachian folk magic during the mid 20th century, see the Silver John stories by the North Carolina author Manly Wade Wellman (1903 - 1986). These stories were written by Wellman as a result of his friendship with -- and using research by -- the North Carolina folklorist and singer Bascom Lamar Lunsford (1882 - 1973). I knew both men, and Wellman, although obviously a fiction writer, was very forthcoming about the historical roots of the folk magic he described. References to The Black Pullet appear in "Who Fears the Devil," a 1960s collection of Silver John short stories originally published during the 1950s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Fears_the_Devil%3F
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