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High John the Conqueror Root - by Mambo Sam

 

The High John the Conqueror Root is very multifaceted -- you can use

it to enhance your gris-gris bag work, spell work, candle work,

meditation, etc., etc. It is truly a "charm" in the old sense of the

word. It is something that doesn't require any special work - just

putting it near or with what you are doing is the enhancement. Just

keep it fed! :-)

 

In service,

Mambo Sam

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Date:  Wed Nov 12, 2003  11:43 am
Subject:  Re: High John the Conqueror Root

The High John the Conqueror Root is very multifaceted -- you can use
it to enhance your gris-gris bag work, spell work, candle work,
meditation, etc., etc. It is truly a "charm" in the old sense of the
word. It is something that doesn't require any special work - just
putting it near or with what you are doing is the enhancement. Just
keep it fed! :-)

In service,
Mambo Sam

Message 369
From:  orleanna
Date:  Wed Nov 12, 2003  5:51 pm
Subject:  Re: [spellmaker] Re: High John the Conqueror Root

Q:  What exactly are you supposed to feed it???  

A: ***There's one of our oils which comes with it - you "feed" it by applying the oil. There's instructions with it

Light and love,

Orleanna


  Message 8313
From:  "Bon Mambo Feraye de la Kwa Daginen"
Date:  Mon Mar 15, 2004  2:56 pm
Subject:  Re: John the conqueror root bag - History


The best reference for good stories, I think, is Zora Neale Hurston.
I think you would enjoy her writings (if you haven't read them in the
past)!

The root itself, named after the slave, John is, of course: High
John the Conqueror (ipomoea purga) or "Jalap" and is a mainstay of
African American magick, the root of this morning glory is named for
a slave who refused to be servile. High John's ability to fool his
master inspired many stories; he's considered a representative of
African trickster gods.

Historians say that he was a black slave whose real life has been
questioned in detail (some thought is that he was a fictional
character developed by slaves to empower other slaves and give them
hope). At any rate, real or fictional, the job was well done as he
was an inspiration to slaves who wanted to rebel against their
masters but could not do so openly. "John" was said to be the son of
an African king and although he was a slave he never became
subservient. His apparent cleverness at tricking his master supplied
a great variet of stories with a very clear moral ending. If he was a
real being, he soon acquired some of the characteristics of mythical
trickster figures like the Native American Coyote, the African-
American Bre'r Rabbit, and the West African deity known variously as
Elegua, Legba, and Eshu. He gave -- only to take away. He bet -- and
never lost. He played dumb -- but he was never outsmarted. The
reputation of High John is so great that, as recorded by the
folklorist Harry Middleton Hyatt in the 1930s, just reciting the
words "John over John" and "John the Conqueror" is a powerful spell
of magical protection against being hoodooed.

According to Nora Zeale Hurston: "There is a story in which High
John tells the people, "What we need is a song." . . . "It ain't
here, and it ain't no place I knows of as yet. Us better go hunt
around. This has got to be a particular piece of singing." She
describes how John got the slaves to leave their bodies behind on the
plantation while their souls went searching. They had to "reach
inside yourselves and get out all those fine raiments you been toting
around with you for the last longest." John brought them "a great
black crow. The crow was so big that one wing rested on the morning
while the other dusted the evening star." Riding on this crow, the
people had many adventures, visited Hell and Heaven, found their
song, and returned to the plantation. John told them, "Don't pay what
he [Massa] say no mind. You know where you got something finer than
this plantation and anything it's got on it, put away. Ain't that
funny? Us got all that, and he don't know nothing at all about it.
Don't tell him nothing. Nobody don't have to know where us gets our
pleasure from."

And Muddy Waters (and I think someone else, I can't remember)
recorded this song:

MY JOHN THE CONQUER ROOT
My pistol may snap, my mojo is frail
But i rub my root, my luck will never fail
When i rub my root, my John the Conquer root
Aww, you know there ain't nothin' she can do, Lord,
I rub my John the Conquer root


I was accused of murder in the first degree
The judge's wife cried, "Let the man go free!"
I was rubbin' my root, my John the Conquer root
Aww, you know there ain't nothin' she can do, Lord,
I rub my John the Conquer root


Oh, i can get in a game, don't have a dime,
All i have to do is rub my root, i win every time
When i rub my root, my John the Conquer root
Aww, you know there ain't nothin' she can do, Lord,
I rub my John the Conquer root




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