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SCarolina Hoodoo Archeology Artifacts Anthropology Documents

Unread post by gillis trinkett » Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:03 pm

Hi - I live in Beaufort, SC and have been seeking information on the practice of root work/conjure in this area. I have read the book by Sheriff Mcteer - "50 Years a Low Country Witch Doctor." which greatly interested me in learning more. However, I cant seem to find many references to practices that specifically relate to South Carolina and Georgia. Are there any that anyone knows of? Many Thanks.

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Re: Hoodoo in Beaufort Country, SC and Georgia

Unread post by carolina_dean » Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:08 pm

Hi GIllis,

I am from South Carolina and lived in Beaufort for about a year before coming to the Pacific Northwest. I can tell you from experience that people don't usually talk about the practices but if you are in the right place at the right time, you can pick up some information by way of listening and asking the right questions.

I learned a great deal when I worked at the Winn-Dixie selling lottery tickets to the ladies that come in with their dream books. There's was also a store that sold some beautiful African Artwork, Jewelry, Music, etc...as well as a small selection of Vigil Candles that was owned by a practitioner who would give advice on how to burn them. I don't believe that I can tell you the name as this forum is for explaining Lucky Mojo products, but if you ask around you may be able to find it.

You may also want to visit Daufuskie Island, the home of the Gullah people. Books you may wish to read include

Blue Roots by Roger Pinckney
God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man by Cornelia Walker Baily.
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Re: Hoodoo in Beaufort Country, SC and Georgia

Unread post by Mojomarie » Fri Dec 23, 2011 2:20 pm


Not sure if I'll get a response but have you had any luck finding out more about Hoodoo/ Gullah magic around S.C? I live in Charleston and am also learning to learn as much as possible.

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Re: Hoodoo in Beaufort Country, SC and Georgia

Unread post by ConjureMan » Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:07 am

I learned quite a bit of conjure from a Gullah woman back in the early 1990s--she taught me good root doctoring and was actually from Georgia but had family in South Carolina. She unfortunately passed in 2005.
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Re: Hoodoo in Beaufort Country, SC and Georgia

Unread post by MissMichaele » Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:24 am

If you have access to Harry M. Hyatt's Hoodoo - Conjuration - Witchcraft - Rootwork, you will find plenty of material from South Carolina. I believe Lucky Mojo no longer has it for sale -- supplies are exhausted and there are no plans to reprint the books. But they do occasionally turn up on eBay at jaw-dropping prices, and they are DEFINITELY worth a look.

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Unread post by calybug » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:14 am

I was wondering if anyone can tell me where Valerie Fennell Boles (aka Minerva from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) is buried at? Internet searches have proved confusing. They all say she was buried at Jerusalem Cemetery but they all say different counties - either Colleton or Hampton. Does anyone know which one it is? I'm traveling to Savannah this weekend and I would love to pay my respects to her since it is so close to El Dia de Los Muertos/Samhain.

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Re: SCarolina Hoodoo Archeology Artifacts Anthropology Documents

Unread post by thegoodwitch » Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:09 am

you can find information about valerie boles' burial here. hope this helps!
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cg ... d=44073889

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Re: SCarolina Hoodoo Archeology Artifacts Anthropology Documents

Unread post by catherineyronwode » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:24 pm

Harry M. Hyatt reports on the news in 1972:

HCWR, Vol II, page 2179

This morning (November 6, 1972) on the 7 o'clock CBS televised news, I saw and
listened to a brief report showing some black people in Beaufort (Biu'fert)
County, S.Car., reviving their African tribal dance. More interesting to me was
the sheriff, 26 years in office, who related some of his experiences with hoodoo.

[This would have been James Edwin McTeer, 1903-1979, Born in Hardeeville, South
Carolina, Ed McTeer was appointed sheriff of Beaufort County, South Carolina on
February 11, 1926 when his father died, leaving an unexpired term in office. He
was sheriff for 37 years.]

Mentioned were one of the Doctor Buzzards (see pp.891-905) and the after-my-time
Doctors Bug and Eagle. The surprising thing said by the sheriff went like this:
years ago few white people believed in this sort of thing, but now more than 60%
of them are believers! More whites than blacks believe in hoodoo!

The Beaufort newspaper reporter then introduced a young white man with a spell.

Finally a psychiatrist in Charleston was asked, "Is there anything true in hoodoo?"
The doctor gave the only possible reply under the circumstances, "If you believe it,
it is true for you."

Amazing was the statement made by the national anchor man, vho opened the interview
by informing us that witchcraft had died out everywhere in the United States except
the Southern States. Where has he been all these years! Even if he has never heard
of FACI and HOODOO, a visit to the nearest paper-back stand or the reading of daily
newspapers would enlighten him.

Here is a convenient place to summarize references to what informants say about
the numbers of people, black and white, who believe in hoodoo and witchcraft:

see title quotation, p.l860, from p.l870;
pp.I-II, INTRO., vol. 1;
white believers, not numbers, p.l909, line 36-43;
p.894, line 34;
p.897, line 24;
and probably other places.
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