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Recommended Reading

Here at The Vodou Store, we encourage all of our clients to learn as much as they can about the history, folklore, and traditions our products are based on. These topics range from American Conjure, to Witchcraft and Occultism. As we read and approve, our list of references will grow. Learning is our passion, and we will only provide the most authentic and well researched information we can find.

American Folk Magic

This includes titles such as hoodoo, rootwork, conjure, tricking, witchcraft, goofer, throwing roots, etc.

  • Folk Beliefs of the Southern Negro, Newbell Niles Puckett
  • Book of Negro Folklore, L. Hughes
  • Negro and His Folklore in 19th Century Periodicals, Bruce Jackson
  • American Negro Folklore, J. Mason Brewer
  • From My People: 400 Years of African American Folklore: An Anthology, Daryl Cumber Dance
  • Voodoo Priests, Noble Savages, and Ozark Gypsies, Mary Alicia Owens
  • Conjure in African American Society, Jeffrey E. Anderson
  • Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition, Yvonne P. Chireau
  • Ozark Magic and Folklore, Vance Randolph
  • Hoodoo - Conjuration - Witchcraft - Rootwork, Harry Middleton Hyatt
  • Folklore from Adams County Illinois, Harry Middleton Hyatt
  • Slavery, Civil War, and Salvation, Daniel L. Fountain
  • Materia Magica, Draja Mickaharic
  • The Master Book of Candle Burning, Henri Gamache
  • Legends Of Incense, Herb, And Oil Magic, Lewis De Claremont
  • Voodoo Tales as Told Among The Negroes of the Southwest, Mary Alicia Owens
  • The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, edited by Jospeh Peterson
  • The Eighth Books of Moses, Scott de Laurence
  • Pow-Wows; or, Long Lost Friend, John George Hohman
  • The Magic of Herbs, Henri Gamache
  • The Conjure Woman, Charles Waddell Chesnutt
  • The Fabled Doctor Jim Jordan: A Story of Conjure, F. Roy Johnson
  • Holy Bible (Various Versions)
  • Mules and Men, Zora Neale Hurston
  • Spiritual Merchants: Religion Magic & Commerce, Carolyn Morrow Long
  • American Folklore: An Encyclopedia, Jan Harold Brunvand
  • Voodoo & Hoodoo, Jim Haskins
  • The Magical Power of the Saints: Evocation and Candle Rituals, Rev Ray T. Malbrough
  • Charms, Spells, and Formulas, Rev Ray T. Malbrough
  • Mojo Workin': The Old African American Hoodoo System, Katrina Hazzard-Donald
  • Hoodoo Heritage: A Brief History of American Folk Religion, Megan Lane (Under the Direction of Sandy Dwayne Martin)
  • Chapter One: Beneath the Spanish Moss: The World of the Root Doctor, Jack G. Montgomery Jr.
  • Conjuring Boundaries: Inferring Past Identities from Religious Artifacts, Christopher C. Fennell (International Journal of Historical Archaeology, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2000)
  • Conjure/Doctors: An Exploration of a Black Discourse in America, Antebellum to 1940, David H. Brown
  • Concerning Negro Sorcery in the United States (The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 3, No. 11 (Oct. - Dec., 1890), pp. 281-287)
  • Conjuring in Arkansas (The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Apr. - Jun., 1888), p. 83)
  • Magic and the Supernatural in the African American Slave Culture and Society, Maura McNamara (History 396.006: Transformation of the Witch of American Culture)
  • Conjuring and Conjure-Doctors in the Southern United States (The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 9, No. 34 (Jul. - Sep., 1896), pp. 224-226)
  • Superstitions in Georgia, Ruby Andrews Moore (The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 5, No. 18 (Jul. - Sep., 1892), pp. 230-231)
  • Negro Folk-Lore in South Carolina, Henry C. Davis (The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 27, No. 105 (Jul. - Sep., 1914), pp. 241-254)
  • The Myth of the Negro Past, Melville J. Herskovits (Revista del CESLA, No. 7, 2005, pp. 339-350, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Polonia)
  • Transported Traditions - Transatlantic Foundations of Southern Folk Culture, John A. Burrison (Studies in the Literary Imagination, 36(2), 1-24.)
  • Magic and the Supernatural in Utah Folklore, Wayland D. Hand (Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought)
  • Folk-Lore from Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida, Portia Smiley (The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 32, No. 125 (Jul. - Sep., 1919), pp. 357-383)
  • Notes on Six Negro Myths from the Georgia Coast, Hanns Oertel (The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 2, No. 7 (Oct. - Dec., 1889), p. 309)
  • Charms for Young Women, W. H. Babcock (The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Jul. - Sep., 1888), p. 164)
  • Hoodoo in America, Zora Neale Hurston (The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 44, No. 174 (Oct. - Dec., 1931), p. 320-414)

Haitian Vodou

  • Haitian Vodou: An Introduction to Haiti's Indigenous Spiritual Tradition, Mambo Chita Tann
  • Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn, Karen McCarthy Brown
  • Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou, Donald J. Cosentino
  • Divine Horsemen: The Vodoo Gods of Haiti, Maya Deren
  • Pawòl Lakay: Haitian-Creole Language and Culture, Fernard Léger
  • Les Esprits du Vodou haitien, Ackermann, Gautier, Momplaisir
  • The Veve of Haitian Vodou: A Structural Analysis of Visual Imagery, Karen McCarthy Brown
  • Ve-Ve: diagrammes rituels du Voudou, Milo Rigaud
  • Secrets of Voodoo, Milo Rigaud
  • Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica, Zora Neale Hurston
  • Vodou Songs in Haitian Creole and English, Benjamin Hebblethwaite
  • Faces of the Gods: Vodou and Roman Catholicism in Haiti, Leslie G. Desmangles
  • The Haitian Vodou Handbook: Protocols for Riding with the Lwa, Kenz Filan
  • Voodoo in Haiti, Alfred Métraux
  • The Complete Idiots Guide to Voodoo, Shannon Turlington
  • Haitian Vodou Flags, Patrick Arthur Polk
  • The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist's Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis, and Magic, Wade Davis
  • The Book of Vodou: Charms and Rituals to Empoter Your Life, Leah Gordon
  • Rara: Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and its Diaspora, Elizabeth McAlister
  • Voodoo: Search for the Spirit, Laënnec Hurbon

New Orleans Voodoo

  • Titles coming soon...

Greco-Roman Witchcraft

  • The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Hans Dieter Betz
  • Arcana Mundi, Georg Luck
  • Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World, John Gager
  • Greek and Roman Necromancy, Daniel Ogden
  • Ancient Greek Divination, Sarah Iles Johnston
  • Oracle Bones Divination, Kostas Dervenis
  • Magic Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds, Daniel Ogden
  • Etruscan Roman Remains, Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Legends of Florence Vol. 1 and 2, Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion, Faraone & Obbink

General Witchcraft & Occult

  • The Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells, Judika Illes
  • The Encyclopedia of Occult Sciences, M.C. Poinsot
  • The Witchcraft of Dame Darrel of York, Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Mastering Witchcraft, Paul Huson
  • Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling, Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Three Books on Occult Philosophy, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa


  • El Libro Magno de San Cipriano - Tesoro del Hechicero, Unknown Author (Various Versions)
  • La Cruz de Caravaca, Unknown Author
  • The Confession of Cyprian of Antioch: Introduction, Text, and Translation, Ryan Bailey
  • São Cipriano o Bruxo - Capa Preta, Unknown Author

Herb Lore

  • The Folk-Lore of Plants, T. F. Thiselton-Dyer
  • Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, Scott Cunningham
  • The Magic of Herbs, Henri Gamache
  • Flower Lore and Legend, Mrs. Katherine Beals
  • Drugs and Medicine in the Roman World, John Scarborough
  • Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics, Richard Folkard
  • Enquiry into Plants, Theophrastus
  • The Herbal of Dioscorides, Dioscorides
  • Folk Pharmaceutical Knowledge in the Territory of the Dolomiti Lucane, Inland Southern Italy, Andrea Pieronia, Cassandra L. Quavec, & Rocco Franco Santorod
  • Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft, and the Poison Path, Daniel Shulke

History of American Slavery

As it pertains to the establishment, evolution, and influences of American Folk Magic.

  • Slavery, Civil War, and Salvation, Daniel L. Fountain
  • White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America, Don Jordan & Michael Walsh
  • Slave Religion: The "Invisible Institution" in the Antebellum South, Albert Raboteau
  • A South-Side View of Slavery, Nehemiah Adam, DD.
  • The Irish Slaves: Slavery, Indenture and Contract Labor Among Irish Immigrants, Rhetta Akamatsu
  • Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South, Barbara Krauthamer
  • Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South, Michael P. Johnson
  • Natives and Strangers, Leonard Dinnersteain, Robert L. Nichols, & David M. Reimers
  • Virginans at Home, Edmund S. Morgan
  • Lost German Slave Girl, John Bailey
  • Black Slaveowners: Free Black Slave Masters in South Carolina, 1790-1860, Larry Koger
  • Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South, Michael P. Johnson
  • They Were White and They Were Slaves: The Untold History of the Enslavement of Whites in Early America, Michael A. Hoffman II

NOTE: While our library and knowledge is extensive, we are only listing the volumes relevant to the products and services we offer. We are also not able to source that which we have gathered through our personal research, experience, and family history.