By Carolyn Morrow Long
"The legend of Marie Laveau, New Orleans' Voudou Queen, has a compelling carry at the renowned 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 realizing of existence 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 recognized Voudou priestess. in line with mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau used to be a unprecedented megastar whose sorcery-fueled effect prolonged largely from slaves to upper-class whites. a few money owed 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 used to be the proprietress of an notorious apartment of assignation. although mythical for an strange blend of non secular strength, attractiveness, air of mystery, showmanship, intimidation, and sensible enterprise feel, she additionally was once recognized for her kindness and charity, nursing yellow fever sufferers and ministering to condemned prisoners, and her devotion to the Roman Catholic Church. the genuine tale of Marie Laveau, notwithstanding significantly much less flamboyant than the legend, is both compelling.
In setting apart verifiable truth from semi-truths and whole fabrication, lengthy explores the original social, political, and felony environment within which the lives of Marie Laveau's African and eu ancestors turned intertwined. adjustments in New Orleans engendered by way of French and Spanish rule, the Louisiana buy, the Civil warfare, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow segregation affected seven generations of Laveau's family members, 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 recent Orleans Voudou, which until eventually lately has been neglected through scholars.
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"Thanks to this writer's exhaustive, scrupulous, sincere learn debunking the fake or questionable myths handed down during the generations, we will now be convinced of what we all know and don't find out about Marie Laveau and her existence and instances in nineteenth-century New Orleans. "--Gwendolyn Midlo Hall"The legend of Marie Laveau, New Orleans' Voudou Queen, has a compelling carry at the well known mind's eye.
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A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau by Carolyn Morrow Long