Mumbo Jumbo

Techniques of reading

There are a variety of ways to approach Mumbo Jumbo as a reader. Of course, there is the conventional methodology: treat it as any other novel would be treated. However, given that Reed describes his own work as a form of poetic conjuring through "Neo-HooDoo," it is possible to approach the text as a spiritual artifact, a relic imbued with spiritual powers within the tradition of Neo-HooDoo. In order to investigate these modes of relating to the text spiritually, it is suggested that readers educate themselves about Nkisi and Mojo bags, two possible models of sacred objects within African-derived religions.


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