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 lady 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, 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 accordance with mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau was once a rare superstar whose sorcery-fueled effect prolonged largely from slaves to upper-class whites. a few bills declare that she led the "orgiastic" Voudou dances in Congo sq. and at the beaches 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 religious strength, attractiveness, air of secrecy, showmanship, intimidation, and intelligent 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 real tale of Marie Laveau, although 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 surroundings during which the lives of Marie Laveau's African and ecu ancestors grew to become intertwined. alterations in New Orleans engendered via French and Spanish rule, the Louisiana buy, the Civil warfare, 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 labeled as white. concurrently, lengthy examines the evolution of latest Orleans Voudou, which until eventually lately has been overlooked through scholars.
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