See more of The Loving Cup on Facebook. Log In. Forgotten account? Not Now. Suggest Edits. All prices are in All prices are in USD. See 2 more pictures. Customers also viewed. Add to cart. For Emergencies. To counteract or reverse a goofering you can use spiritual washes, candle spells and uncrossing rituals. We have had a few questions in regards to Goofer Dust.
Mainly, how do you make it and then what do you use it for. I have attempted to answer some of these concerns below. If you have any further question, drop us a note. Traditionally this powder is put wherever the person has to walk through it. In the past, some formulas for Goofer Dust included anvil dust, the fine black iron detritus found around a blacksmith's anvil. A modern substitute for this now-uncommon ingredient would be magnetic sand , which is also black in colour.
As Robert Farris Thomson indicates in his works on Congo folk-magic, the word goofer comes from the Kikongo word "kufwa," which means "to die.
In the ex-slave William Wells Brown's account of Dinkie The Goopher King, a Conjure Doctor in Misouri in , and as late as the s in North Carolina, goopherism and goofering were regional synonyms for hoodooing , and the meaning of these terms was broadened beyond spells of damage, illness, and death to include love spells cast with dominating intent by means of sprinkled powders.
Meanwhile, in New Orleans, the specificity of Goofer Dust's connection to graveyard dirt was lost and the term became a general name for any sachet powder used to cast a harmful spell. A euphemistic word for goofering is "poisoning," which in this context does not refer to a physical poison but to a physical agent that, through magical means, brings about an "unnatural illness" or the death of the victim.
Even more euphemistic is the special use of the verb "hurt," which in my youth was often defined as "to poison," with the tacit understanding that "to poison" really meant "to goofer. The blues song "I Don't Know" by Cripple Clarence Lofton elucidates the identicication of "poisoning" with goofering: Gettin' sick and tired of the way you do 'Time, Mama, I'm gonna poison you Sprinkle goofer dust around your bed Wake up some mornin', find your own self dead.
Goofer Dust spells -- like similar tricks involving Graveyard Dirt , Hot Foot Powder , and Crossing Powder -- are quite African in character, deriving from African foot-track magic , a form of sorcery in which one "hurts" or "poisons" a victim "through the feet.
Sprinkling salt in the corners of the house is also an antidote. Although in Memphis a locally popular method to use Goofer Dust is to put it an unwanted lover's mattress to "hurt" him, the most common way to employ it, as described in both the catalogue and the song lyric above, is to sprinkle it around the enemy's home where it will be stepped on and rise up through the foot to "poison" the legs.
Alternatively, it can be placed in the victim's sock or shoe when he or she is not looking. If this is not possible, it can be mixed it with the enemy's footprint dirt and the resultant mixture corked up in a bottle to stop the victim in his tracks or bring on an unnatural illness, buried in a graveyard to kill him, or thrown into a crossroads to drive him out of town.
While it is theoretically possible to sprinkle goofer dust into food that will be eaten by the victm, this is actually not a common way to deploy it because the ingredients -- which may include dirt, sulphur, and red pepper -- would be noticable to the palate. Occasionally Goofer Dust is placed inside a protective mojo bag or wound inside a jack ball as part of a coercive love spell , but these are fairly uncommon usages.
Most of the time the intent is more sinister, and the application is external. When a victim is goofered, a number of things can happen. The victim may start having bad luck, lose his or her job, suffer from sexual impotence or mental confusion, or develop a chronic disease such as tuberculosis, diabetes, angina, gout, or high blood pressure. Of all of these problems, the relationship between goofering and diabetes is the clearest and most direct: the symptoms of poisoning through the feet are identical with those of diabetic edema and diabetic neuropathy.
One of the first signs of leg-centered or "classic" goofering is a sharp pain in the feet or legs. This is followed by swelling and an inability to walk. A really severe case of poisoning will leave the victim crawling around on all fours and howling like a dog.
Medical doctors may provide palliative relief, but they can't really help a person who has been goofered. Unless the victim is cured by a root doctor, death may result. In the blues song "Black Dust Blues," composed by Selma Davis and Gertrude "Ma" Rainey and recorded by Ma Rainey in for Paramount, the singer, who has been "fixed" by a rival with a powder thrown on her door step, develops a classic case of goofering: she has "trouble with [her] feet" and ends up "walking on all fours.
She got poison, see. Dis woman had her howlin' [like a dog]. Now, Ah know this fo' a pus'nul fac'. She wus howlin' an' sometimes she jis' crawlin' on her knees, see. Hyatt's Informant from Little Rock, Ark. Many old-time root workers say that wearing Devil's Shoe String root twigs or a silver dime in the shoe or at the ankle will provide magical protection against any form of "unnatural poison" rising up through the feet.
A silver dime may also be worn on each ankle as a warning device: if the coins turn black, someone has laid out Goofer Dust and you have stepped in it. Since formulas for goofer dust, Hot Foot Powder , and Crossing powder often contain sulphur, which turns silver black, this seemingly magical alarm system has a firm grounding in chemistry.
The following documentation on the varied recipes for making Goofer Dust comes from "Hoodoo - Conjuration - Witchcraft - Rootwork," a 5-volume, page collection of folkloric material gathered by Harry Middleton Hyatt, primarily between and Goofer dust is dust right from de cemetery, but it's gittin' out from undah de footstone -- whut ah mean, de footboard yo' see. Yo' go to run -- yo' cross runnin' watah an' yo' bless it in de watah.
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