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ju·ju 1

 (jo͞o′jo͞o)
n.
1. An object used as a fetish, a charm, or an amulet in West Africa.
2. The supernatural power ascribed to such an object.

[Of West African origin; akin to the source of Hausa jūjū, fetish, evil spirit.]

ju′ju·ism n.

ju·ju 2

 (jo͞o′jo͞o)
n.
A style of Nigerian popular music featuring electric guitars and traditional drums.

[Yoruba jùjú.]

juju

(ˈdʒuːdʒuː)
n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) an object superstitiously revered by certain W African peoples and used as a charm or fetish
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) the power associated with a juju
3. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a taboo effected by a juju
4. any process in which a mystery is exploited to confuse people
[C19: probably from Hausa djudju evil spirit, fetish]
ˈjujuism n
ˈjujuist n

ju•ju

(ˈdʒu dʒu)

n., pl. -jus.
1. a fetish or amulet used by some West African peoples.
2. the magical power attributed to such an object.
3. a ban or interdiction effected by it.
4. a style of Nigerian popular music using electric guitars, traditional drums, and call-and-response singing.
[1890–95]

juju

1. A Nigerian musical style with roots in the traditional drumbased music of the Yoruba people.
2. An object used in Africa as a charm, fetish, or amulet.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.juju - the power associated with a juju
magic, thaumaturgy - any art that invokes supernatural powers
2.juju - a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powersjuju - a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers
good luck charm, charm - something believed to bring good luck

juju

noun
A small object worn or kept for its supposed magical power:
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Included in a following section is also a focus on "[t]he Mandingo: The Mande, as they were known, were one of the most important groups of the Senegalese tribes," and the author notes the significance of "clan organisation based on occupational castes such as the 'Semono'--fishermen--and the 'Numu'--smiths", "puberty rites" and initiations for males and females, "Animistic beliefs and ancestor worship" as well as "Jujuist beliefs", and "Negro heritages such as music and religion" among this ethnic/linguistic group (65-66).