Throughout the nineteenth century, Voodoo was considered by the dominant American culture to be sinful and threatening, and strong repressive measures were taken by the authorities. From the turn of the twentieth century until about the 1960s, the practice was simply seen as a fraud from which ignorant blacks needed protection. By the latter half of the twentieth century,concerns with both sin and fraud had diminished, and Voodoo was looked upon as entertainment—a tourist commodity and potential gold-mine for commercial exploitation. Finally, at the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first, there has been a new awareness of Voodoo as a legitimate religion.
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Carolyn Morrow Long; Perceptions of New Orleans Voodoo: Sin, Fraud, Entertainment, and Religion. Nova Religio 1 October 2002; 6 (1): 86–101. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2002.6.1.86
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