By Carolyn Morrow Long
Against the backdrop of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century New Orleans, A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and truth of Marie Laveau disentangles the complicated threads of the legend surrounding the well-known Voudou priestess. in accordance with mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau used to be a unprecedented megastar whose sorcery-fueled impression prolonged largely from slaves to upper-class whites. a few debts declare that she led the "orgiastic" Voudou dances in Congo sq. and at the shorelines of Lake Pontchartrain, saved a big snake named Zombi, and used to be the proprietress of an notorious residence of assignation. although mythical for an strange blend of non secular strength, good looks, air of mystery, 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, although 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 felony surroundings within which the lives of Marie Laveau's African and eu ancestors turned intertwined. alterations in New Orleans engendered by means of French and Spanish rule, the Louisiana buy, the Civil struggle, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow segregation affected seven generations of Laveau's relatives, from enslaved great-grandparents of natural African blood to great-grandchildren who have been legally categorized as white. concurrently, lengthy examines the evolution of recent Orleans Voudou, which until eventually 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