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Religion is primary agent of social control in our society Due to its communally held beliefs and principles we have a foundation on which we can rest the laws values and the main doctrine of almost any society Here in America we have tremendous freedom in both establishing and in choosing the religion of our choice This freedom has given birth to many non-traditional religions and practices When discussing the topic of social control and order within a society these non-traditional religions can be used very strongly to bring about social change within an individual then into the population On the rise in our nation is the emergence of voodoo practices the belief in spiritualism and many groups of cults Each one of these religions has the extreme ability to influence the individual in many psychological and physical ways drastically changing a persons behavioral patterns While inducing these changes upon the individual many people can and usually will succumb explicit exploitation of themselves as well as their economic resources Voodoo whose name derived from the African word for spirit Origins of Voodoo came to us through the European colonization of the West Indies African tribes were forcibly shipped overseas primarily to Haiti and other Caribbean lands to be used as agricultural slaves Upon the arrival in their new country the slaves were baptized into the Roman Catholic Church In fear of revolt the colonists separated the many tribes of slaves and had them dispersed all across the new land This result was a mixture of African slaves forced to live together naturally adapting to each others lifestyles habits and beliefs systems The slaves were forced to attend a Catholic Mass on a regular basis however many of the assimilated tribes continued to practice their native religion When the colonists found this out the persecution of many African slaves took place They were violently beaten and killed for worshiping their own gods and not the one
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