American HoodoowithPaul J. Leslie

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Paul J. Leslie, EdD, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Aiken, South Carolina. He is professor of psychology at Aiken College. He is author of The Art of Creating a Magical Session: Key Elements for Transformative Psychotherapy, Low Country Shamanism: An Exploration of the Magical and Healing Practices of the Coastal Carolinas and Georgia, Potential Not Pathology: Helping Your Clients Transform Using Ericksonian Psychotherapy, and Shadows in the Session: The Presence of the Anomalous in Psychotherapy.

Here he shares his investigations of hoodoo or conjure practitioners in the Carolinas and Georgia. His perspective is not that of a practitioner, but rather that of a sympathetic psychotherapist interested in understanding the prevalent, yet hidden, culture he found himself surrounded by in South Carolina. He traces the origin of hoodoo to the African cultures of the slaves brought to America. He shares stories of several colorful figures and offers a variety of details regarding hoodoo conjure practices.

(Recorded on December 17, 2019)

Published on December 21, 2019


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