Possibly an alteration of voodoo or from Hausa, hu'du'ba / hu3'du3'ba1 (“to arouse resentment”). In English, meaning altered to “bring bad luck”, then applied to things thought to bring bad luck, including the thin spires of rock now called hoodoos.
hoodoo (plural hoodoos)
- African traditional folk magic.
- (geology) A tall thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of arid basins and badlands.
- Something or someone believed to bring bad luck.
- “hoodoo”, Bill Casselman