- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; 1st ed edition (1 Dec. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738703508
- ISBN-13: 978-0738703503
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,748,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hoodoo Mysteries: Folk Magic, Mysticism & Rituals Paperback – 1 Dec 2003
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Ray T. Malbrough is one of the few hereditary folk magicians raised in Louisiana. In his latest book, he presents a living history of the magico-religious practices of Louisiana Hoodoo, the American cousin of traditional Haitian Voudoo. Learn how this religious belief survived as it developed within American shores. Explore the different types of divinatory and magical practices still in use today.
About the Author
Ray T. Malbrough was born in New Orleans and was raised in the "Pays des Cajuns" Region of southeastern Louisiana. He learned the basics of hoodoo in his early teens with the permission and encouragement of his mother. At age 19, he started working in a New Orleans tearoom as a reader/advisor, and has since earned a good reputation as a Hoodoo worker all over the region surrounding his hometown of Houma. He is a 1982 graduate of the Seax-Wica Seminary founded and directed by Dr. Raymond Buckland. The author is active in the parapsychology Association in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. Today, Ray is a full time reader/advisor and hoodoo worker in his home in Houma.
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Reverend Ray Malbrough presents the reader with many elements which would commonly be found in a New Orleans Spiritualist Church. There is information for creating many Spiritualist Items which are SIMILAR to those found in Voodoo, Palo, and Ocha, but are NOT meant to duplicate those items. Ray Malbrough specifically says this in his book (Page 139) but previous reviewers can't seem to get past it.
To quote from the book itself, "The system has developed as practitioners have learned to incorporate other elements into their own private practices." "What I have written about is what I have done, techniques I'vs used in actual practice with my own clients in the past, many of whom have given me feedback that it has worked for them." (pages 157-158)
Don't get caught up in the fact this Ray Malbrough's brand of Hoodoo is not the same as Cat Yronwode's. It is a different system and the two authors live in different parts of the country. Hoodoo, like people, is different from state to state. Just as a person from Louisiana has a different accent than that of an Ohio resident, so too will Hoodoo be different.
Reverend Ray Malbrough gives a working Spiritualist system for those so inclined to work with it. I recommend this book for the variety of information it contains and the author's integrity in presenting it in a straight-forward and honest way.
Lastly, as to the accusation from other reviewers that Malbrough only wrote this book to fulfill some sort of contract, I quote again from Hoodoo Mysteries; "What you can do with the material written here is to use it as a guideline combined with that of my other two books, then you will have as complete a knowledge of the different elements to working Hoodoo as I am willing to give to the general public." (Page 158)
What this says to me is that Reverend Malbrough wrote an intended series of three books which work well together to give readers a basic foundation for practicing Spiritualist Hoodoo. For those gifted for the work, their own spirits will help guide them from that point onward.
I hope you will give this book a chance and read it for what it is.