Originally published in 1945; this is a facsimile reprint of one of the strangest books in the history of hoodoo spell-casting.
The renowned folk-magic scholar Henri Gamache, the author of “The Master Book of Candle Burning” and “Terrors of the Evil Eye Exposed” (a.k.a. “Protection Against Evil”), collected this material from Mediaeval Coptic and Syrian grimoires that were attributed to Moses, the ancient leader of Israel.
Rather than merely following in the tradtion of the earlier such collection of spells and talismans called “The 6th and 7th Books of Moses,” Henri Gamache wrote a startling and lengthy preface in which he linked African tribal beliefs to ancient Jewish and Egyptian religions. In doing this, he sought to prove that Moses was “The Great Voodoo Man of he Bible,” a remarkable thesis that may have owed its genesis to the socio-political writings of Marcus Garvey and that certainly foreshadowed the magical African Cultural Nationalism novels of Ishmael Reed (such as “Mumbo Jumbo”) by several decades.
Like Henri Gamache’s other works, “The 8th, 9th, and 10th Books of Moses” was packaged for sale to hoodoo practitioners in the African-American community. It has proven consistently popular and has never gone out of print.
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