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 at the back of the legend and in so doing enriches our knowing 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 recognized Voudou priestess. in response to mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau used to be a rare megastar whose sorcery-fueled impact prolonged commonly from slaves to upper-class whites. a few debts 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 used to be the proprietress of an notorious apartment of assignation. notwithstanding mythical for an strange mix of religious strength, good looks, air of secrecy, showmanship, intimidation, and wise company experience, 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, although significantly much less flamboyant than the legend, is both compelling.
In setting apart verifiable truth from semi-truths and entire fabrication, lengthy explores the original social, political, and felony surroundings within which the lives of Marie Laveau's African and ecu ancestors grew to become intertwined. adjustments in New Orleans engendered by way of French and Spanish rule, the Louisiana buy, the Civil conflict, 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. concurrently, lengthy examines the evolution of latest Orleans Voudou, which until eventually lately has been missed by means of scholars.
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A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau by Carolyn Morrow Long