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rootwork

Pseudomedicine
Cultural interpretations that ascribe illness to hexing, witchcraft or the evil influences of others. Symptoms include generalised anxiety, GI complaints (nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea), weakness, dizziness and the fear of being poisoned and/or killed. In rootwork, the “root” (“spell”/“hex”) must be removed by a specialist or “root doctor”, who can, in turn, place a hex on an enemy. Rootwork is used in the US South and the Caribbean; among Latinos, it is known as mal puesto or brujeria.

rootwork

(root'work?)
A traditional form of healing and hexing in the coastal regions of the southeastern U.S., esp. among those of Caribbean or African descent.
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Hoodoo: Located in the Santiam Pass, Hoodoo offers Nordic trails for cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and an autobahn park for tubing.
It is an incredible record and when I played for Hibs the Scottish Cup hoodoo was mentioned.
Hurston's own birth is also narrated within the generic conditions of legend: She is born in dire circumstances, saved through outside intervention, prophesied over, named somewhat mysteriously, threatened with natural disaster in the form of a hungry sow, and perhaps subjected to hoodoo.
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I don't see a hoodoo as we were up against the Old Firm.
King Zulu and his followers wear this trickster's mask when blacks mimic the white parade led by King Rex, and what begins as an outrageous white caricature of a slave society with black victims "adopting the oppressor's parody of themselves" ends in the masked comic rebellion of the hoodoo trickster.
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DEREK ADAMS hopes his local knowledge can help Hibs bury their Highland hoodoo in Inverness this weekend.
It ended a bit of a hoodoo against the Crues and hopefully we can do the same against Portadown this week.
When investigating hoodoo in New Orleans and voodoo in Haiti, she developed a profound respect for the understanding of nature displayed by these African-derived folk religions.
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HIBS legend Jackie McNamara Snr has urged John Collins' rebel stars to grow up and quickly unite to end the club's 105-year Scottish Cup hoodoo.