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 attention-grabbing tale of the flesh-and-blood girl at the back of the legend and in so doing enriches our knowing of existence in New Orleans within the 19th century."--Vaughan B. Baker, collage of Louisiana, Lafayette
Against the backdrop of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century New Orleans, a brand new Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and truth of Marie Laveau disentangles the complicated threads of the legend surrounding the well-known Voudou priestess. in accordance with mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau was once a rare famous person whose sorcery-fueled impact prolonged broadly from slaves to upper-class whites. a few money owed declare that she led the "orgiastic" Voudou dances in Congo sq. and at the shorelines of Lake Pontchartrain, stored a huge snake named Zombi, and was once the proprietress of an notorious condo of assignation. even though mythical for an strange mixture of religious strength, good looks, air of secrecy, showmanship, intimidation, and smart company 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 genuine tale of Marie Laveau, even though significantly much less flamboyant than the legend, is both compelling.
In isolating verifiable truth from semi-truths and entire fabrication, lengthy explores the original social, political, and criminal surroundings within which the lives of Marie Laveau's African and ecu ancestors grew to become intertwined. alterations in New Orleans engendered by way of French and Spanish rule, the Louisiana buy, the Civil battle, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow segregation affected seven generations of Laveau's kin, from enslaved great-grandparents of natural African blood to great-grandchildren who have been legally labeled as white. at the same time, lengthy examines the evolution of recent Orleans Voudou, which until eventually lately has been overlooked by means of scholars.
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A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau by Carolyn Morrow Long