What Ozark Folk Magic is Not   4 comments

I’ve seen a few individuals popping up, claiming ties to Ozark traditions.

This is what Ozark folk magic is NOT and how you can spot someone who isn’t truly part of these traditions.

 

1. Ozark Folk Magic is Christian – period. There are no other religious views involved, no paganism, nothing.

2. Grimoires, pentacles, seals of solomon – none of this appears in the folk traditions of the Ozarks. Outside of some charms, slightly altered in many cases, that can be found in the Long Lost Friend, the only book used is the Bible. As for the charms found in the Long Lost Friend – I have seen nor experienced no old practitioners who have owned this book, or heard of it – and with the slight alterations, it’s likely that the charms came here verbally, rather than with the book. I do concede, however, that at one point, SOME individuals may have had that book, but it definitely wouldn’t have been widespread.

3. The only beings invoked were the Holy Trinity, the Devil, and occasionally ghosts. No other beings – NONE

4.  Hoodoo is not an Ozark Tradition. In fact, it is even recorded that most hill folk disbelieved and even laughed at such practices – they did not believe in the efficacy of those practices, outside a small few who purchased charms from practitioners – PURCHASED but did not practice. Vance Randolph records these events, and how purchasers of such charms were laughed at.

5. Practicing a form of folk magic, and dwelling in the Ozarks, does not equate to an individual being a practitioner, knowledgeable, or in any way a part of Ozark traditions – whether esoteric or secular. It’s like placing an Obeah Man from Jamaica into Jacmel, and proclaiming his practice Haitian Vodou.

6. Ozark folk magic is not a survival of a pagan religious cult, or any other ancient cult. It is a set of practices within a Christian paradigm.

 

This list is small, but by reading it, an individual can deduce, by common sense, other incorrect practices or beliefs that individuals may try to pass as relating to Ozark Tradition.

Should my readers have a specific question regarding a practice, belief, etc.; feel free to comment and I will do my best to answer your questions.

Posted November 7, 2013 by drcorbeaux in Uncategorized

4 responses to “What Ozark Folk Magic is Not

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  1. Pingback: European-American Folk Traditions | Folk Religion and Folk Magic

  2. Pingback: European-American Folk Traditions | Edmund Standing

  3. Looking for a good and powerful Ozark practioner. Thx

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