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juju (2)

[also Krio KED, Gul, (Turner 1949:195); the word, found throughout West Africa meaning 'charm, fetish, taboo', has been derived from Hausa dzhu:dzhu. (ibid, W3), but this may itself be of European origin; OED suggests Fr. joujou toy, others the reduplication of Port. Deus God] n. a magic charm: 1918 The obeah man gave the robbed man some "juju" to burn (Parsons 13). 1976 Neighbours were convinced Miss Lile's juju was working (quoted by McCartney 55).

Tags: noun, Obeah

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Last update: 2011-06-01 18:12
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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