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 figuring out 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 advanced threads of the legend surrounding the recognized Voudou priestess. based on mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau was once a rare megastar whose sorcery-fueled impression prolonged extensively from slaves to upper-class whites. a few money owed 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 was once the proprietress of an notorious residence of assignation. notwithstanding mythical for an strange mixture of non secular strength, good looks, aura, showmanship, intimidation, and smart company feel, she additionally used to be identified 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 keeping apart verifiable truth from semi-truths and entire fabrication, lengthy explores the original social, political, and criminal surroundings during which the lives of Marie Laveau's African and ecu ancestors turned 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. at the same time, lengthy examines the evolution of latest Orleans Voudou, which till lately has been missed via scholars.
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A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau by Carolyn Morrow Long