Voodoo, Hoodoo, and the Blues: Life at the Crossroads

2015 Louisiana Studies Conference Presentation Abstract

“Voodoo, Hoodoo, and the Blues: Life at the Crossroads”

Presented by Robert D. Bennett, Independent Scholar and Author

The presentation will discuss the importation and evolution of Voodoo in Louisiana and how parts of the religion have evolved and become a prominent part of the lifestyle, culture, and vernacular of the working and middle class in Louisiana as well as its integration into the musical genre known as the Blues. The discussion will also include examples of herbal remedies and tinctures and other aspects of folk magic commonly referred to in Louisiana and the Southern regions as Hoodoo.

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