Hoodoo is Not a Religion
There is No Hoodoo God
Most Hoodoo practitioners were/are Christians from the South or with roots there who migrated to other parts of the United States during the last century. While most people in the Bible Belt consider making Hoodoo the center of one's spirituality sinful, almost everyone has heard some Hoodoo uttered from the lips of even the most devout in the South.
Hoodoo is not a religion, and it is not Voodoo. Voodoo and Hoodoo share many superstitions and beliefs; however, this is due to their shared locales and origins. Voodoo is a complete system of beliefs, while Hoodoo is folk magic, superstition, and root doctoring. The Bible is however, a powerful talisman in Hoodoo, especially the Old Testament. The ability of God to create man from dirt for example is right in line with Hoodoo tradition. Christianity is almost always practiced alongside Hoodoo.
The African American, Native American, and European populations of the South have all contributed their age old superstitions to create a rich collection of beliefs that is Hoodoo. While African Americans have generally been considered the largest population of practitioners of Hoodooo, the beliefs, sometimes considered "wives tales", have been common in most house holds of the South for generations. These beliefs often vary from state to state and even county to county.
Other practices associated with Hoodoo are the folk remedies of the South and what is known as "root doctoring". Hoodoo in this form likely grew out of the lack of proper medical care in the deep South from 1700 to 1800. Some of these root remedies work.