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The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook Paperback – March 25, 2009

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About the Author

Denise Alvarado was born and raised in the Voodoo and hoodoo rich culture of New Orleans. She has studied mysticism and practiced Creole Voodoo and indigenous healing traditions for over three decades. She is a psychological anthropologist, writer, artist, spiritual adviser, and cultural consultant.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition (March 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144211892X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442118928
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,940,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I were new to Hoodoo this book would lead me to believe a lot of things that aren't necessarily true, for instance, I might believe that I would have to practice Voodoo if I wanted to practice Hoodoo and vice-versa or, at least, include the Lwa. It could very well be that this is how New Orleanian practitioners of both work them together, but the practices outlined in this book should not be mistaken for practices in the broader tradition; in fact, I don't think they should be mistaken for the practices of all Rootworkers WITHIN New Orleans. It would make absolutely no sense for a strictly Catholic Rootworker to include the Lwa, Orisha, Nikisi or any other spirit found in an African Traditional Religion in their practice of Hoodoo. They would likely work with archangels, saints, and perhaps, Blackhawk, but not these spirits.
On the positive side, Alvarado does a great job of explaining that Voodoo and Hoodoo are two different practices and that Voodoo is a religion whereas Hoodoo is folk magic. It would have been nice if the author stated, for the sake of clarity, that this is how she practices the two together or that the book represents a very region-centric version of Hoodoo and Voodoo co-mingled that is unlikely to be found outside the State of Louisiana.

I strongly disagree with her assertion that in New Orleans the two are called "voodoo hoodoo" because they were melded together. They may be melded together in the author's practice or in the praxis of people who practice both, but, again, what is in this book doesn't represent all practitioners nor the broader Hoodoo Tradition.
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The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is okay-ish. It has some interesting things in it. If I knew someone that already had it, I would have asked to borrow it & not have bought it. The author states she kept the wording the way she had it past to her & due to that, she had a 'translation' glossary to help better understand the wording. I would have liked a more in depth glossary. There were words that I didn't know the meaning of/had never seen and they were not in the glossary. Some readers (like me) are beginners, so some of the terminology was like trying to understand Martian. I had to go online to look up words... I kinda lost interest in the book.......
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...Denise Alvarado beat me to it!

I bought this book from Denise's website "The Mystic Voodoo" along with the companion CD (which has extra occult texts and material not in the book), and couldn't be happier with my purchase. While the term "Voodoo Hoodoo" might throw off some viewers, the writer is clear in the proper definitions of both Voodoo AND Hoodoo early on in the book. This is chocked full of information regarding the Loa, Catholic saints, magic, folk remedies, superstitions, recipes for occult oils, rootwork and just about everything else. A great introduction to both New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo, a must-buy for those interested in these paths.

I would also recommend the following as companion purchases: Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure, Dr. Snake's Voodoo Spellbook and Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals.
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I really tried to like this book but its really hard to. I am just very dissapointed with this book it is like a summary of a bunch of other books. Content sources are Nora Hurston Mules and Men and some book they post on Luck mojo.com. Such a dissappointment really doesnt feel like any part of this book is original. Large excerps from other books not to mention Hurston"s books are fictional stories. Hyatts book could have simply been downloaded from lucky mojo for free. Huge chunks of other books fill up page space. The information content is kind of beginner.
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I wrote the following email to this author and am waiting for a response. After discovering what I discovered, I cannot in good conscience recommend this book to any reader due to the plagiarism which I found:

Dear Denise:

Recently I obtained a copy of your book The Hoodoo Voodoo Spell Book. Something about the book bothered me and I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it gnawed at me horribly.

Today, I was reading one of my favorite spell books written by the by poet Valerie Worth. This book was published by Llewellyn Publications in 1988. I realized that the spell you have on page 131 of your book titled "Charm to Bind an Enemy" is almost a word-for-word lifting from Valerie Worth's book. Please compare your text with hers on page 71 of her book. You changed the opening prose to "your" spell slightly, but then reproduced her spell verbatim from her book with only very slight changes to the last paragraph of her original work. Your book was published in 2009.

When it comes to magickal literature I am very well read and remember almost everything I have read to some degree. Without going into a long email (it would take hours) I find these same similarities between your work and the work of other magicakal authors. I'm assuming your using of material not yours was not intentional?

I would love to hear back from you on this when you have time, especially since I have personal relationships with some of the authors (and even the staff at Llewellyn Publications) from whom material has been lifted with no credit given. And for the record, yes, Valerie Worth's material was unique and original -- she wrote all her material and spells herself.

Best:
Ócháni.
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