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 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 truth of Marie Laveau disentangles the advanced threads of the legend surrounding the recognized Voudou priestess. in response to mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau was once a unprecedented star whose sorcery-fueled impression prolonged commonly 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 residence of assignation. even though mythical for an strange mix of religious strength, attractiveness, air of secrecy, showmanship, intimidation, and smart 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 criminal atmosphere within which the lives of Marie Laveau's African and eu ancestors grew to become intertwined. adjustments in New Orleans engendered through 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 labeled as white. at the same time, lengthy examines the evolution of recent Orleans Voudou, which till lately has been neglected by way of scholars.
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