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John George Hohman

John George Hohman, who was active between 1802 and 1857, was a German-American magician. He immigrated to the USA from Germany in 1802, settled in the area around Reading, Pennsylvania in the Pennsylvania Dutch community, where he practised and instructed in the arts of folk magic and folk religion which became known as pow-wow.

Hohman's best known work is Pow-wows, or the Long Lost Friend, published in English in 1820. He also published a number of books on magical subjects in German, including the original edition of Pow-wows, which bore the title Der Lange Verborgene Freund (The Long-Hidden Friend). He also published, or at least had attributed to him, a number of further books in German, including Unsers Herran Jesu Christi Kinderbuch, oder, Merkwurdige Historische Beschreibung Von Joachim Und Anna (Our Lord Jesus Christ's Childhood-Book, or, The Strange Historical Description of Joachim and Anna), and Albertus Magnus, oder, Der Lange Verborgene und Getreuer und Christlicher Unterricht fur Jedermann (Albertus Magnus, or, Long Lost and True and Christian Instructions for Everyone). The last book attributed to Hohman was published in 1857.

External links:

"Pow-Wows: The European Influence on Hoodoo (http://www.luckymojo.com/powwows)" by cat yronwode[?]

"Pow-wow (http://www.controverscial.com/Pow-wow.htm)" by George Knowles

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