By Carolyn Morrow Long
Against the backdrop of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century New Orleans, A 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 was once a rare superstar whose sorcery-fueled impact prolonged commonly from slaves to upper-class whites. a few bills declare that she led the "orgiastic" Voudou dances in Congo sq. and at the shorelines of Lake Pontchartrain, stored a big snake named Zombi, and was once the proprietress of an notorious condo of assignation. notwithstanding mythical for an strange mixture of religious energy, attractiveness, aura, showmanship, intimidation, and wise 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 setting apart verifiable truth from semi-truths and entire fabrication, lengthy explores the original social, political, and felony atmosphere within which the lives of Marie Laveau's African and eu ancestors turned intertwined. adjustments in New Orleans engendered by way of French and Spanish rule, the Louisiana buy, the Civil warfare, 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 categorised as white. at the same time, lengthy examines the evolution of latest Orleans Voudou, which till lately has been missed through scholars.
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A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau by Carolyn Morrow Long