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BLUE ROOTS: African American Folk Magic of the Gullah People

by Roger Pinckney

     Raised in the heart of Gullah country, author Roger Pinckney provides an inside look at the history, practices and people of Gullah country, off the coast of  South Carolina. 

     On the plantations of the American South, slaves passed their African roots to their descendents in a rich and lasting oral tradition, a tradition that survives today. 

      Prominent among Gullah culture was the belief in herbalism, spiritualism, and black magic.  The Gullah called this belief "the root." 

     The Gullah and Geechee, who were traditionally without political or economic power, practice a mystical art which descended direct from Africa.  It is known as "hoodoo" or "rootwork".

     Meet Dr. Bug, Dr. Fly, Dr. Crow and the infamous Dr. Buzzard, professional root doctors who can administer a root to bring money, find love, or cure ailments.