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Hoodoo and Kabbalah

To: alt.religion.orisha,alt.magick.tyagi
From: (Eoghan Ballard)
Subject: Re: Hoodoo and Kabbalah
Date: Mon, 29 May 2000 21:50:03 -0500

Cat is right. You are either old enough to remember it, or not. Since the
web seems perrenially just outgrowing its diapers, I run up against this
kind of unawareness often. It still surprises me. This is in part because
this lack of knowledge of life a generation before one's birth was not a
part of life when I was growing up. We heard and knew a lot about what
life was like in quite a few decades before we were born. At least that
was certainly the case in my family and among quite a few of my friends.

Anyway, I also wanted to note that Cat was also right about the connection
between Jewish pharmacists and rootworking. Here in Philadelphia one of
the old rootworking stores was "Harry's Occult". when I was growing up it
was in the 1700 block of South Street. South Street was decimated by a
decades long plan to build a crosstown expressway which never got built. 

In the early 60s South Street was a thriving center of business. Near the
Delaware River in the east of the City it was largely Jewish Merchants.
From Broad Street and west to the Schuylkill River it largely served a
black community. Many of the blacks at this time had come north only
recently from the carolinas as well as from the Georgia Sea Isles. Harry's
grandfather had started the business in the early years of the past
century between the two world wars, as a pharmacy. Gradually, preparing
rootworking materials took over from all other parts of the business.
Harry was still in the business a few years ago, and I believe still is,
although he has basically shifted over to selling new age magical and
"Wiccan" supplies these days. I don't recall Harry's lastname although
about a dozen years ago there was a fairly lengthy article on his store in
the local paper. It is from my recollection of that article, as well as
from my own memory - I have been familiar with Harry's since 1962 or 1963.
If I can find a copy of that article, I will fill in any details, such as
the sirname, that I may have forgotten.


E. C. Ballard

Debajo del Laurel yo tengo mi confianza

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