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/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)

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

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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