Within afro american religions, magic is very important. It is not just a world of devil worshippers, black magicians, charlatans and ignorants. It is a part, for any serious practitioner or believer, to seek for a solution that Science or Psichology or mainstream religion has not solved. A Magician tries, by the use of totally natural objects and forces, to conjure the Invisible for the clients needs.
To get a relief, a cure, a second chance, an income, love, self esteem.
Often, those seeking the aid of magic are desperate or from low social classes.
When I started my field researches, witch doctors in Cuba worked as healers, magicians, psychologysts, psycotherapists, herbal doctors, priests, counselors, fathers, brothers, godfathers, grandfathers, lovers and loners. They did what they had to do, to help.
The situation wasn’t easy.
Those things DRAMATICALLY changes when exported to rich countries with a few exceptions like Papa Joe of Raleigh for example.
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