Definitions starting with M

ID #3101

mojo

/mowjow/ [cf. Gul moco idem, from Fula moco'o medicine man (Turner 1949:198); cf. also US Black "mojo: originally 'magic spell, charm, amulet' (including 'spell cast by spitting'); mainly used today in the sense of 'something working in one's favor', also 'narcotics'. cf. Fula moca ´to cast a magic spell while spitting' hence mocore 'magic spell, incantation uttered while spitting'" (Dalby 1972:183) but cf. also Port. Cr. míjã medicine (Ivens Ferraz 1979:67)] n. witchcraft: He got his mojo working (Cat). He do mojo (Inagua). cf. OBEAH, FYAK (Black)

Tags: Obeah

Related entries:

Last update: 2010-11-13 21:47
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

Digg it! Share on Facebook Print this record Send definition to a friend Show this as PDF file
Please rate this definition:

Average rating: 0 (0 Votes)

completely useless 1 2 3 4 5 most valuable

You can comment on this entry. We are especially interested in where you may have heard this word and who you may have heard use this term or specific usage of this word.

Please give example sentences.


Start comment!

Comment of Demerus Darville:
In regards to word, "mojo" my 71 year old grandmother from Andros is familiar with the word.She states that" Bahamians referred to mojo as someone working spells or witchcraft." Also, she stated that it is another word similarly used like Obeah.
Added at: 2014-03-10 01:35