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About the Author

Denise Alvarado was born and raised in the "Hoodoo Capital of the World," New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a ritual artist and independent researcher with a background in cultural anthropology and psychology and she has over 40 years experience in the conjure arts and mysticism. She is the author of several books, including the Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook and the Hoodoo Almanac 2012, coauthored with Carolina Dean and Alyne Pustanio. She is also the founder and Editor in Chief of Hoodoo and Conjure Magazine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441485074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441485076
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Denise Alvarado (1960) was born and raised in the rich Creole culture of New Orleans, Louisiana. She has studied indigenous healing traditions from a personal and academic perspective for over four decades. She is the author of numerous books about Southern folk traditions, including the The Conjurer's Guide to St. Expedite, The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook, the Hoodoo Almanacs, Workin' in da Boneyard, Hoodoo and Conjure New Orleans, Crossroads Mamas 2015 Spiritual Baths for Every Occasion, the Voodoo Doll Spellbook, Voodoo Dolls in Magick and Ritual and more. Her provocative artwork has been featured on several television shows including National Geographic's Taboo, The Originals, and Blue Bloods. She is a rootworker in the Louisiana Hoodoo tradition, a spiritual artist, and teacher of southern conjure at Crossroads University, crossroadsuniversity.com. Visit her websites: creolemoon.com and voodoomuse.org for a little sweet tea and conjure.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By N. Mentor on May 15, 2009
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There are few complete sources for the history and use of the magickal poppet, or in the Hoodoo and Voodoo traditions - the Voodoo doll. The book provides the reader with a straight-forward historical backdrop to doll use in magick. There are black-and-white photographs of dolls from the African Diaspora, including some interesting ones from the author's private collection, which should inspire the reader. The latter half of the book focuses on how to make dolls, use them in ritual (including some common Hoodoo spells and hexes), common divinities associated with doll use and some oil recipes. I also like that there is a bibliography for additional references and a source page for supplies. This book is a worthy addition to any witch's or practitioner's library.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lenore Case on February 26, 2011
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... you do not need this book. And if you don't know anything about Voodoo, I can recommend numerous better books on the subject, including some of this author's source material, like Luisha Teish's great book "Jambalaya".

What I was looking for was a book about Voodoo dolls, preferably with a lot of good photographs. I wanted a book that talked a bit about construction, sure, but since each doll is totally personal even that wasn't as important to me as having a great resource about the dolls themselves, dolls used for similar purposes throughout the world, early and rare samples, and some color wouldn't have killed me. I also would have liked some good written discourse on the subject of dolls in ritual and history. Instead the photographs are limited, poorly lit, many are indistinct, and all of them are black and white. There is no discussion about the dolls pictured: what are they made of, for example. "Vintage" is not an exact term: what vintage is this doll approximately? What's the earliest American Voodoo doll? How about these rare dolls briefly mentioned-- Devil Baby Dolls, for example, any of them still around? I get nothing from this book on these subjects.

Another technical beef I have is with the editing, and this may not be the author's fault, but there were glaring grammatical errors throughout the text.

But most of all, seriously, the world does not need another book masquerading as something authentic while really being just a Neo Pagan Magick 101 book. There are a gajillion of those on the market already. All of them are repetitious, inaccurate, not historically correct, and all of them have been written to death. Throwing a "Voodoo" slant on the same droning tale about "three times three" and "hexing is bad" and blah blah blah?
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Creole Guy on September 1, 2010
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Not a historian. One of my pet peeves is when people communicate wrong history in Nawlins. I understand Denise Alvarado writes plenty of books and her success is mostly due to the demand on Nawlins or Louisiana Voodoo heritage being way more than the books that are being written and distributed. The best publications on Voodoo aren't even published. The best history books on Louisiana aren't even published mostly due to a movement by the Government to hide Creole history from America, being that having a class of people of color, that lived on the same or almost the same status as whites during slavery takes away from the American Narrative.
Alvarado states that in 1804, Napoleon invaded Cuba, driving out Hispanics from Cuba into Nawlins and this is how Voodoo came about in the city. That's simply untrue. Creoles were always in Louisiana since the founding of the state and Africans were being imported up the Mississippi River from the Congo and Angola, so Africans were already there and being allowed to worship on Sundays in Nawlins Congo Square. Now, where Creole Voodoo came in, was during the Haitian Black Slave Revolt, which didn't just drive out the white French Creole but a huge population of mixed race or mulattoe Creoles, who fled into Nawlins, during the late 1700's to the mid 1800's. In the entire French Quarter of Nawlins, during the 1800's there was only one Cuban Creole businessman who owned a cigar shop. The mixed race Creoles of middle class status, who monopolized the commerce, publications and businesses were the keepers of Creole Voodoo and not the one of two that came from Cuba. So Creole Voodoo in Nawlins predates her 1804 starting point.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Devine on May 31, 2010
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I hope complete idiot's do not buy this book because then they will become very dangerous idiot's. Excellent book one of a kind, and on it's own is a complete occult system. Southern Voodoo Dolls remain a living art and powerful medium. You get all the 'bang for you buck' with this buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bamboo grove on March 26, 2015
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wth is ther some pseudo legba veve on the cover, this author is not initiated into the voudou religion nor qualified to teach, the lwa are not used in hoodoo or conjure, "voodoo dolls" are not voodoo at all, misleading people who buy llewyn type garbage books
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By onlyInSF on January 30, 2014
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I have always loved dolls, and believed they would be great to work with. This book does a wonderful job of showing you how.
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By bryony on December 24, 2013
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This book is quite detailed about the making and uses of voodoo dolls. There are many (b&w) photos of current and historical dolls, as well as instructions and patterns to create effective ones for yourself.
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