ROOTWORK

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Ethnic or folk faith structure, widespread in the southern part of the United States, along with the Caribbean; which blames sickness on witchery, hexes, voodoo curses, and spells, called roots. The target usually exhibits extreme anxiety, indications of fear, and associated somatic issues; usually continues to be in such a condition until a traditional healer, referred to as a root doctor, eradicates the root. Also known as: brujeria; mal puesto.

ROOTWORK: "A bruja had to be hired for the rootwork."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "ROOTWORK," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/rootwork/ (accessed October 1, 2022).

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