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What to do in case if someone wants to curse you? How to negate it?

To: alt.magick,alt.paranormal.spells.hexes.magic,alt.lucky.w,alt.magick.tyagi
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: What to do in case if someone wants to curse you? How to negate it?
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 03:51:18 GMT

Rick wrote:
> Do you expect that a mojo bag is going to be a powerful tool for 
> someone without the background and context for its construction and 
> use?

Obviously like any cultural tradition (either folkloric or uban), a
mgaicl object like a mojo bag will work best and most easily for those
to whom it something culturally familiar. 

(Analogy #1: many black Americans become proficient at baseball; few
Amazonian Indians do -- it's not that the Amazonian Indians are less
athletic, merely that they were not raised around the concept of
baseball. Analogy #2:many Amazonian Indians are adept at mixing up
psychedelic snuff from wild plants and using it for visionary and
magical purposes; few Latino kids from East Palo Alto ever do this --
it's not that the Latino kids are less visionary, merely that they were
not raised around the concept of gathering psychedelic plants in the
wild and compounding them into snuff to be used in visionary rites.)

The querent who started this thread seemed familiar enough with the
concept of being magically cursed that when i responded by suggesting a
mojo bag, i felt it would make sense to him. 

By the way, for what it's worth, you can often tell a person's ethnicity
from their e-mail or telephone queries about being cursed. I receive
hundreds of questions on these subjects every month -- and here are the
terms i believe are used most often by various ethnic groups:

i have been cursed --
    European-American, usually Irish, British, or German
there is a curse on my family -- 
    European-American, usually Irish, British, German, or Slavic
i have been hexed -- 
    European-American, usually German or Scandinavian
someone has put the evil eye on me  -- 
    Mediterannean or Eastern European, mostly Italian, Greek, Turkish
i have been crossed / i am suffering from crossed conditions -- 
i have been jinxed -- 
i have been hoodooed -- 
i have been root-worked / someone has put roots on me
i have been throwed for 
someone has put down powders for me / laid powders at my door
someone has been using that stuff on me
i have been having a run of bad luck 
    African-American and Deep-South European-Amercian
i have an unnatural illness / the medical doctors can do no good
    African-American and Deep-South European-Amercian
cat yronwode 

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