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cuckoo soup

[perhaps related to cuckoo owl, also associated with obeah; cf. Gul. "Conjure is another name for hoodoo, voodoo, coocoo" (Writers' Program 1940:97); cf. Réunion Cr. FT. "substance a pouvoir magique. ..le sang men­struel (pour les philtres d'amour)" (Chaudenson 1974:147)] n. a,thick okra soup, purportedly containing menses, given by a girl's mother to a prospective son-in-law to magically compel him to marry the girl: She mussy gi' you cuckoo soup [i.e. your wife is so ugly] (Exuma). Cuckoo Soup [title of a 1979 Junkanoo costume on the theme of obeah] . (Black)

Tags: food, noun, Obeah

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Last update: 2012-06-22 23:53
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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