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HOODOO - CONJURATION - WITCHCRAFT - ROOTWORK (Volume 3): Beliefs Accepted by Many Negroes and White Persons, These Being Orally Recorded Among Blacks and Whites

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HOODOO - CONJURATION - WITCHCRAFT - ROOTWORK (Volume 3): Beliefs Accepted by Many Negroes and White Persons, These Being Orally Recorded Among Blacks and Whites

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HOODOO - CONJURATION - WITCHCRAFT - ROOTWORK (Volume 3): Beliefs Accepted by Many Negroes and White Persons, These Being Orally Recorded Among Blacks and Whites

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Hyatt, Harry Middleton. HOODOO - CONJURATION - WITCHCRAFT - ROOTWORK: Beliefs Accepted by Many Negroes and White Persons, These Being Orally Recorded Among Blacks and Whites (VOLUME THREE). [Cambridge, MD]: Memoirs of the Alma Egan Hyatt Foundation/Western Publishing Co., Inc., 1973.

First Edition. Hardcover. Large 4to. Grey cloth over red buckram. Titles in black to spine. [xxiv] + pages: 1857-2781, plus 16 additional pages of academic letters, color and black and white photographs, advertisements, film records, etc. A very thick and heavy volume. About Fine. 

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Harry Middleton Hyatt (1896-1978) was an Anglican minister and amateur folklorist raised in Quincy, Illinois. He received his M.A. and D.D. at Kenyon College and Oxford University. He served as assistant rector at the Church of the Holy Spirit in New York City from 1951 to 1965. and returned to Quincy, Illinois after his retirement in 1965. His two major works in the the field of folklore were "Folklore From Adams County Illinois" (1935) and "Hoodoo - Conjuration - Witchcraft - Rootwork" (5 Volumes, 1970 - 1978).  

This is volume three of a 5 volume set (the first two volumes released as a set in 1970, the remaining volumes released separately between 1973 and 1978. The Hyatt collection consists of 13,458 separate magic spells and folkloric beliefs, plus lengthy interviews with professional root doctors, conjurers, and hoodoo practitioners. The material was collected in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, between the years 1936 and 1940. Supplementary interviews were conducted in Florida in 1970. The majority of Hyatt's 1600 informants were African Americans. Hyatt recorded all of the material on Edison cylinders and another cylindrical recording device called a Telediphone. He then transcribed and annotated the material for publication. Not only has he documented an immense amount of material that may have otherwise been lost forever, but in transcribing the recordings phonetically, he has also preserved many of the local and regional dialects that were in use at the time. 

The contents of volume three include a continuation of interviews from the first two volumes, and collects rituals, recipes, and lore pertaining to conjure work which utilizes human body parts and waste.