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 attention-grabbing tale of the flesh-and-blood lady 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 well-known Voudou priestess. in line with mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau used to be a unprecedented superstar whose sorcery-fueled impact 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, saved a huge snake named Zombi, and used to be the proprietress of an notorious condo of assignation. even though mythical for an strange mixture of non secular strength, good looks, aura, showmanship, intimidation, and smart enterprise 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 real tale of Marie Laveau, even though 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 atmosphere 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 struggle, 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 categorized as white. concurrently, lengthy examines the evolution of latest Orleans Voudou, which until eventually lately has been missed by way of scholars.
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