Hoodoo not only comes from our ancestors, it is also the power of our ancestors. It is not possible for those who try to work the roots without an ancestral connection because African and African American ancestors who practiced and carried on the traditions are the foundation of hoodoo itself. Understanding who your ancestors are and what it means to work with them through the practice is a core part of rootwork.


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