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Looking to court luck or ward off evil? Step inside one of the nation's last remaining hoodoo shops

Looking to court luck or ward off evil? Step inside one of the nation's last remaining hoodoo shops

The two African American women arrived separately at Stanley Drug Co., both searching for guidance.

Behind them stretched a mural of Jude, patron saint of hopeless causes, along with prices and terms for seeing the Tarot card reader.

One, a Catholic wearing a gold cross, came because she suspected that a neighbor and gambling buddy had put a spell on her to steal her luck. The other noted that even the Bible mentions people who can see the future. And so both awaited the card reader: $35 a reading, by appointment.

Hoodoo, or folk magic, has been at work in the American South for generations. It was preserved by compounding pharmacies in African American neighborhoods...

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