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Mojo Workin'The Old African American Hoodoo System$
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Katrina Hazzard-Donald

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037290

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037290.001.0001

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(p.179) Postscript
Mojo Workin'

Katrina Hazzard-Donald

University of Illinois Press

This book concludes with a postscript, which reflects on the transformation of Hoodoo and the black belt Hoodoo complex since emancipation. It shows how Hoodoo began as a practice that focused on the needs of the enslaved African American community and how, after emancipation, middlemen minority marketeers seized control of Hoodoo at a time when both African Americans and their folk spiritual traditions were most vulnerable to exploitation and racialized control. It considers the proliferation in the marketplace of cyberspace self-styled Hoodoo marketeers who offer themselves up as arbiters and teachers of African American spiritual tradition. It also discusses evidence indicating that old tradition Hoodoo can recuperate and be preserved and ends by outlining directions for future Hoodoo research.

Keywords:   black belt Hoodoo complex, emancipation, Hoodoo, marketeers, African Americans, folk spiritual tradition, cyberspace

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