Boo Hag

A boo Hag or a slip-skin hag is a combination of a witch, vampire and demon that is a part of  the legends in the Southwestern part of the United States especially those who are practicing Hoodoo and those who are from Gullah descent.

During the day, a slip-skin hag appears to be normal.  But by night the creature will slips out of her skin and fly on the night to search for her victim.  It was believed that the Boo Hag will torture her victims while they are sleeping.  Those who were attacked by the creature complained about strange scratches, nightmares, and sudden illness and fatigue.  The attack is said to be the cause of random mental illness and eventually cause the death of the victim.  There is also a case of sexual molestation most especially if the victim is male.

A traditional Hag is always in her spirit form, a characteristic that is different from the Boo hag.

In 1916, there was a report about an incident that involves a slip-skin hag.  It can be found in the works of Roger Pinckney, “Blue Roots: African American Folk Magic of the Gullah People.”

"Neighbors suspected a certain woman of going out after dark and tormenting a former lover who had found a new partner. They found the skin hanging behind the woman's bedroom door, salted it thoroughly, and waited anxiously in the closet. The woman came in at dawn, commanded the skin back into it's rightful place. The skin, in salty misery, did not respond. "Skin, skin, don't you know me?", the woman pleaded. The neighbors leaped from the closet and the hag disappeared into thin air, never to return."

You can kill a Boo hag by destroying its skin before it return to sunrise.  You can also place a salt or a red pepper in its skin to inflict suffering and pain to the creature when she returned back to her original skin.  If you suspect someone of being a Boo Hag, writing the name Hag on her front door would prevent her from entering her own house.  Hoodoo practitioners can also perform a ritual to turn a boo hag into an insect and trapped them in a bottle which makes them easier to kill.


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