By Carolyn Morrow Long
"The legend of Marie Laveau, New Orleans' Voudou Queen, has a compelling carry at the well known mind's eye. Carolyn Morrow lengthy uncovers the interesting tale of the flesh-and-blood girl in the back of the legend and in so doing enriches our figuring out of lifestyles in New Orleans within the 19th century."--Vaughan B. Baker, college of Louisiana, Lafayette
Against the backdrop of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century New Orleans, a brand new Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and fact of Marie Laveau disentangles the complicated threads of the legend surrounding the well-known Voudou priestess. in line with mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau used to be a rare superstar whose sorcery-fueled effect prolonged greatly from slaves to upper-class whites. a few bills declare that she led the "orgiastic" Voudou dances in Congo sq. and at the seashores of Lake Pontchartrain, stored a huge snake named Zombi, and was once the proprietress of an notorious condominium of assignation. although mythical for an strange mix of non secular strength, attractiveness, aura, showmanship, intimidation, and sensible enterprise feel, she additionally used to be recognized for her kindness and charity, nursing yellow fever sufferers and ministering to condemned prisoners, and her devotion to the Roman Catholic Church. the real tale of Marie Laveau, notwithstanding significantly much less flamboyant than the legend, is both compelling.
In keeping apart verifiable truth from semi-truths and entire fabrication, lengthy explores the original social, political, and felony surroundings during which the lives of Marie Laveau's African and ecu ancestors grew to become intertwined. alterations in New Orleans engendered through French and Spanish rule, the Louisiana buy, the Civil battle, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow segregation affected seven generations of Laveau's kinfolk, from enslaved great-grandparents of natural African blood to great-grandchildren who have been legally categorised as white. at the same time, lengthy examines the evolution of latest Orleans Voudou, which until eventually lately has been overlooked through scholars.
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A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau by Carolyn Morrow Long