Supplementary interviews were conducted in Florida in The "Hoodoo" collection consists of 13, separate magic spells and folkloric beliefs, plus lengthy interviews with professional root doctors, conjures, and hoodoos. 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 s field recordings have since been destroyed, with the exception of a few cylinders that Hyatt had pressed onto 78 rpm records.
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Raised in Quincy, Illinois, Hyatt received his M. After his retirement in , he returned to his home-town of Quincy, Illinois. As a folklorist, Hyatt began this work in his own home-town, and then proceeded onward to collect magical spells throughout the South.
Maryland and Harrison Co. Kentucky" It consists of 10, entries on pages, including an index. It was self-published by Hyatt in two editions, the first in , and the second in Both editions were released under the imprint "Memoirs of the Alma C. Hyatt Foundation. Hyatt was his wife. The second edition contains a lengthy illustrated appreciation of the then-late Alma Hyatt, in which Mr. Hyatt explains to the world what an inspiration she was to him. The section of "Folklore From Adams County Illinois" that deals with witchcraft is the most useful part of the book.
It is comprised of brief quotes from unnamed local folks to whom Hyatt assigned cultural ascriptions e. Unfortunately, as Hyatt explains in his preface, the material was edited and "omission of Negro dialect means that colored folk speak the same language as their white neighbors" with the exception of "a small vocabulary peculiar to themselves [of which] examples occur frequently in the text. The lengthy section on African-American hoodoo spells, and the unique quality of these spells, is what led Hyatt to undertake his later, more massive, work of hoodoo folk-magic collection in the South.
Basically -- they are different, period. The edition is easier to read it is a typeset octavo volume , but the edition is MASSIVE -- presented in typewriter type, like the later "Hoodoo - Conjuration - Witchcraft - Rootwork" books, and matching them in size and binding. Additionally, the FACI is the only place where you can learn more about Hyatt himself -- for it contains a section printed on glossy paper in which he describes his life and his relationship with his wife Alma, who was his muse and financial supporter throughout his long years of dedicated folklore collecting.
A great deal of FACI is in fact about hoodoo. There are oversights -- Hyatt refused to collect material from Jews or Native Americans, for reasons that defy rationality at this point -- but there were plenty of black people in Adams County, and Hyatt collected all of their hoodoo beliefs, spells, and practices in FACI, and labelled them "Negro" for ease of extraction by researchers.
Supplementary interviews were conducted in Florida in The "Hoodoo" collection consists of 13, separate magic spells and folkloric beliefs, plus lengthy interviews with professional root doctors, conjures, and hoodoos. 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 s 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 , recorded on cassette tapes, have survived.
As if to overcome the ham-fisted linguistic editing of Negro dialect that marred "Folklore From Adams County Illinois," this time 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. Reading the spells aloud and noting the location where each informant lived will help you comprehend this. The publication of this material was accomplished between and , again under the imprint "Memoirs of the Alma C. Hyatt died before the sixth volume, an index, was prepared.
The contents of "Hoodoo - Conjuration - Witchcraft - Rootwork" are about as follows numbers in parentheses are page number : Volume One: general description of beliefs belief in spirits, ghosts, the Devil , and the like 19 how rootworkers operate; testimony from laymen - comparisons between medical doctors and root doctors - typical methods used by root doctors - timing of spells and recurrence of the effects of spells over time - folk medicine: principles of healing - folk medicine: alphabetical list of ingredients - mojo hands grouped somewhat alphabetically according to their major ingredient e.
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As Hoodoo has gained popularity in recent years so has the misinformation. All forms of magic tend to be personal arts and as such develop within a family structure and are passed on to family members. In Asia all magic systems are family systems and nothing is a general system used by others, even those systems tend to have similarities. My grandfather was a Conjurer and taught me Hoodoo as a teenager. My father was against me learning the old ways but, my interest was too great for him to stop me.
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May 20, Andy rated it it was amazing Feel free the skip the nostalgia and go straight to the review below As a kid I had a fascination with folklore, superstitions and ghost tales. In the bibliography of that book Schwartz noted Feel free the skip the nostalgia and go straight to the review below Then in a collection with 36, beliefs was published by Wayland D. Well you can imagine my excitement. Every boy needs one, right?