Healing Dramas, Witch Healers, Hoodoo, Folk Magic & Espiritismo
Candelo Kimbisa Interviews Sancista Brujo Luis
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Puerto Rican and Dominican Influence in Southern Hoodoo?? None that I know of. There are similarities between Hoodoo and Brujeria. Similar roots from Africa, Native American and European. But that's about it. I have read a few books on Hoodoo, and although I see similarities I never saw any influence. Hoodoo in America like Witchcraft has become like a Religion while Brujeria and Gafancia, Gafancia being the closets thing to Hoodoo. Lets tackle the word Gafancia for a second it comes from the Spanish word Gafe which means to bring on bag luck. Many people say. No Bufees or deja de estar bufeando or gufeando depends. But it means stop messing around. Gufe and goofer have a similar origin as goofer means to hurt or to poison. To Hex someone. The word goofer comes from the Kikongo word "kufwa," which means "to die. Or He goofered that man or She put a goofer on him" know that sound similar to the Spanish word Gafar which means to Jinx. Or in Spanish dictionary.
a. to jinx = Me gafaste cuando me deseaste buena suerte. You jinxed me when you wished me good luck.
b. to put a jinx on José me gafó y no pasé la audición. Jose put a jinx on me and I didn't pass the audition.
So the English Goofer and the Spanish Gafe have origins in Kikongo which is a language of the Bantu which is spoken in Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo. I can not speak for the slaves of the Dominican Republic but for the Afro Boriquas or Puerto Ricans most can trace their origins to either modern day Benin, Yoruba and Congo. Now we all know the Caribbean such as Puerto Rico and Hispanola where ports where many Africans where brought too the Americas and then sold. But these Africans were neither Puerto Rican nor Hispanolians (modern day Dominican Republic and Haiti) they where from their respective African Countries. Some where kept and many sold to other counties. Example Negro Felipe the Afro Congolese liberators of Venezuela was first brought to Puerto Rico where he lived for months until being sold to Venezuela and there he made history. My point is that these slaves where neither Puerto Rican nor Dominican they where African and their children born in the Americas where considered Zambos or
Cafuzo because they where not viewed as native even though they where born in which ever island they where born in. But these Zambos and Cafuzos brought their language, music and culture where ever they went. And like the Africans who intermediad with the Natives. Proven the Caciqua Puerto Rican Indian Yuiza married a Mulatto of Spanish and Yoruba origin named Pedro Mejijas and because of this she was killed by other Taino Caciques who felt she was a traitor to have been with a half breed spaniard. She actually was a hero and greatly admired by her own tribal people, even today. This may be the legend that gives meaning to the mix in Loiza of black Africans and Taino Indian, or it may, in fact be a historical truth. In actual fact, there are no historical documents to prove this, her marriage with Mejias.
Lol the subject is deep and I can go on and on. But my Point modern day Puerto Ricans nor Dominicans have any influence in American Hoodoo. But the ROOTS hmmm let's dig up and see what we can find.
For Hispanics and Latinx we do not see Hoodoo as lighting candles to a saint but as an Act. Like making a pot of rice and mopping a floor. We say . el me maldicio. Me tiro brujeria. Ella me Gafo. Means that person jinxed me placed the eye on me. Gafancia is not a religion its an act.
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