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Book Recommendations split into Orisha/ Yoruba and Hoodoo.

Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts: Baba Ifa Karade

In this introductory volume, Baba Ifa Karade provides an easily understandable overview of the Yoruba religion. He describes 16 orisha and shows us how to work with divination, to use the chakras to internalize the teachings of Yoruba, and describes how to create a sacred place of worship. Includes prayers, dances, songs, offerings, and sacrifices to honor the orisha and egun. Illustrations, charts, glossary, bibliography, and index.

Finding Soul On the Path of Orisa: Tobe Melora Correal

Tobe Melora Correal is an initiated priestess in the Yoruba-Lukumi branch of Orisa, worship. FINDING THE SOUL ON THE PATH OF ORISA provides a fresh look ancient teachings and emphasizes introspection and inner work over the outward manifestations of Orisa’s practices. 

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Working the Roots: Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing: Michele Elizabeth Lee

African American traditional medicine is an American classic that emerged out of the necessity of its people to survive. It began with the healing knowledge brought with the African captives on the slave ships and later merged with Native American, European and other healing traditions to become a full-fledged body of medicinal practices that has lasted in various forms down to the present day.

Jambalaya: Luisah Teish

A marvelous Blend of Memoir, Folk Wisdom,and Afro-American Beliefs. Actress, storyteller, and priestess Luisah Teish dramatically re-creates centuries-old African-American traditions with music, memoir, and folk wisdom.

Mules and Men : Zora Neale Hurston

Mules and Men is a 1935 autoethnographical collection of African American folklore collected and written by Zora Neale Hurston. The book explores stories collected in two trips: one in Eatonville and Polk County, Florida and one in New Orleans. 

Mojo Workin': Katrina Hazzard-Donald

In this book, Katrina Hazzard-Donald explores African Americans' experience and practice of the herbal, healing folk belief tradition known as Hoodoo.

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