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 recognized Voudou priestess. in keeping with mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau was once a rare famous person whose sorcery-fueled impression prolonged broadly 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, saved a huge snake named Zombi, and used to be the proprietress of an notorious apartment of assignation. although mythical for an strange mix of religious strength, attractiveness, air of mystery, 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, although significantly much less flamboyant than the legend, is both compelling.
In keeping apart verifiable truth from semi-truths and whole fabrication, lengthy explores the original social, political, and felony environment within which the lives of Marie Laveau's African and ecu ancestors grew to become intertwined. adjustments in New Orleans engendered by way 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. at the same time, lengthy examines the evolution of latest Orleans Voudou, which till lately has been overlooked by means of scholars.
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A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau by Carolyn Morrow Long