A black cat bone is a type of lucky charm used in the African American magical tradition of hoodoo. It is thought to ensure a variety of positive effects, such as invisibility, good luck, protection from malevolent magic, rebirth after death, and romantic success.
...Got a black cat bone
got a mojo too,
I got John the Conqueror root,
I'm gonna mess with you...
- —"Hoochie Coochie Man," Muddy Waters
The bone, anointed with Van Van oil, may be carried as a component of a mojo bag; alternatively, without the coating of oil, it is held in the charm-user's mouth.
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Famous quotes containing the words bone, black and/or cat:
“Take adultery or theft.
It is evil who dines on the soul,
stretching out its long bone tongue.
It is evil who tweezers my heart,
picking out its atomic worms.”
—Anne Sexton (19281974)
“Invention flags, his brain goes muddy,
And black despair succeeds brown study.”
—William Congreve (16701729)
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—John Gaule (fl. 16401660)