Voodoism or superstition

Voodoism or superstition

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Voodoism or superstition
Lopez, A. L
Federal Writers' Project of the Work Projects Administration for the State of Florida
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[Tampa, Fla.?
Federal Writers' Project of Florida
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Voodooism -- Florida -- Tampa ( lcsh )


Discusses voodoo beliefs and practices in Ybor City.
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Works Progress Administration Tampa office records, 1917-1943 Box 15 Folder 7
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A.L. Lopez.

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(XXI VOODOISMXXX) .L.Lopez.(Field 1 OR** SUPERSTITION. There are many people here in Tampa, hom are firm beleivers of what is commonly called VOODOIS ,not only amongst the Latin element but this is al o true of many white americans,not connting the negroe element,the writer knows that many persons particualrly young white girl ho are in love,married women ho have difficulties with their husbands, ell a m any others bo beleive that by going to one of thia Voodoo practicians can obtain the results wanted,of course it ia very hard to get one of this f anatics to admit that they do be-l ive 1n such things but the f ct is that on many occassions,husbands have taken cases court about thier ifes spending money by going to this so called FORrmE TELLERS,AS ROLO Y ERS?and nd it is lso tru that many homes have been broken up by the in sistence of either the man or wife beleiving that one of this so called Good Luck givers cnn bring them happiness etc; .At Fishers c mp in Palm tto Be ch we hD. ve Gru D A PROCTOR, she has an dvertise-ment in the Tampa Da.ily Times that r ads.G "AN P Om'OH.SHE SURE C '1' FR LUCK CH R1i ? DESOTO P ERS CA P For a small amount s y 6octs or a l.OO,you may go t here and have your fortune told a charm is given ou and you are to expect from that charm a miracl or something that you could not o btain otherwise,which of cour e in the opinion of the writer is a.ll B K. Another &aiaX one is ANN LANE at 2733 Florida ve, this one is a spiritualist and h ve hat 1 termed the Circle at 8 P on Tuesdays she also gives advises,this of course a small ount o f money paid, both of this per ons are white american people, a n d hile it can not directly be called VOODOIS yet it is so ne r and has the same dealing a.nd e recta with what the L atins call VOODOIS that it is only a matter of opinion whether ,or not it is Now amongst the colored race of people both mericans end Cubans I am


A?L.Lopez. FIELD CONTINUITY (2). V 0 0 DO ISM OR SUPRRSTITION. I will not be c dieted if I say that more than 65 % of the colored people here are frim beleivers 1n what is termed Voodosim even if they dont call it that but just Good Luck,or Witchery,I have known a colored woman named FFUU{CISCA HENRIQUEZ (ALIAS) PAQUITA who did live at 2915 Green St, 1n West Tampa, this woman would tell you how to get a man to love you,she would have y ou beleive that by having the young man picture put the head of your bed and keeping it upside down and every Friday at Noon some Dragon Blood, INCENSE, and mixed together, the young man would come back to the girl that wanted him, and vice versa, this ingredients can all be purchased at any Drug but they must be taken to the Witch or (BRUJA) as they are called 1n Spanish, and after she arranges it then you follow her instructions and the charm will start to work,the writer knows another yellow woman who is a subject of Nassau Islands, named Minnie Keys, she will charge you 50ct and after she makes some kind of a prayer she will give you some feathers and some kind of a powder, she will also ask you to get her the comb of a rooster and she will get some herbs, nd prepare them for you and after giving you some kind of instructions she will tell you how ou can get some one who has done you a wrong to make up for it and also she can put hard luck on any one that you dislike etc, of course this parties all do this kind of work only after you have become accquabited ith them and have won their confidence, when you first meet this kind of people the only thing that they will do for ou would be to read some cards or tell you about your luck in love or bussiness matters, however later when you have beoome better ace-quanited then is when they tell you all of the power that they have ana how you may obtain lack, fortune, and happiness,but during my expereince I have failed to know of an one that have accompliBhed


the expected results as a matter1offact most of this peo ple that call themselves fortune tellers and give out advices are very poor ) and while they cal 1m that the have a certain gift given them by God or nature the f ct is that they themselves can not obtain the results that they tell others their powers can get for them, in CUba as well as in N a ssau many of the old negroes make a living by this methods and many old CubanJI and Nassau n&ggers here in Tampa make it a prac tice it is known all over t his City that there are old negress and negroes that can tell you what number is coming out in the Bolito,or lottery yet the writer have seen himslef many of this people that claim. they c a n for tell wha t is comi ng out, play t hemselves numbers and they lost,scme time ago a negro wom an was arrested in St.PeteBsburg, Fla. it happened that she gave so m e ether negro woamn some numbers to play by the Cuban Lottery, the negDo woman played the numbers and sure enou g h one of the numbers came out and the woman won a lot of money, few weeks l ater t h e same nigroe woman gave another list of numbers to another negroe woman and one of the numbres came out and it was then a rush to St Pete most all niggers here beleived that the old auntie was a God Sent and she made quiet a lot of money giving out numbers, until she was arrested,but s h e p aid her fibe, This is how it was done she would give a list o f ten numbers to one woman or man ten to another different numbers and so on until she g ave out 90 or 100 numbers naburall y some one h a d to win and for a while the reacket went on and evry week some one that p a i d t h e old auntie would win, this was for a while until the Police took a h and in it and since nothing more has been heard of the old negroe at any rate she made quiet a g ood deal of money with her sl{im. / P.D. Some more interesting thing s can be obtained later in regards to superstition amongst the Cuban Negro as well as the Sou thern Negores particularly t hose from Georgia and known as Geechies.


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