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What I Learned About HooDoo Heritage Month

What I Learned About HooDoo Heritage Month

October is Hoodoo Heritage Month, celebrating the southern African American folk tradition.
During the month of October, there has been a lot of awareness about the tradition of Hoodoo,
where people have addressed this southern tradition on many social media platforms and
magazines.
I first heard about Hoodoo Heritage on TikTok, where I learned that many traditional luck
customs are actually Hoodoo rituals. For instance, putting coins in corners of your home and
throwing salt over your shoulder are practices that I am familiar with and engage in. There are
even traditions that many southern African Americans still follow that involve natural products
such as plants, herbs, and animal products.

Here are 5 things That I have Learned during Hoodoo Heritage Month:

  1. There are observances throughout the entire month where different leaders and
    ancestors are recognized.
  2. Many young African Americans are beginning to reclaim the cultural tradition of Hoodoo,
    where it was defined as “a spiritual practice with roots in Africa. Hoodoo essentially is a
    collection of historical memories linking previous generations of African Americans to
    their African past” (ROOTWORKER KYE via TikTok)
  3. Hoodoo Heritage Month was created to celebrate the traditions involving the “veneration
    of ancestors and honoring spirituals, traditions and ancestors” (historianspeaks.org).
  4. Multiple sources have credited Mama Rue and Walking the Dikenga for the
    establishment of Hoodoo Heritage Month created between 2018 and 2018.
  5. Plenty of African Americans participate in Hoodoo traditions unknowingly, such as
    hosting events like candle-light vigils and having certain traditional meals such as Hopin
    Johns (black eyed peas and collard greens) on New Year for luck.

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