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. based on mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau used to be a rare famous person whose sorcery-fueled effect prolonged generally from slaves to upper-class whites. a few debts declare that she led the "orgiastic" Voudou dances in Congo sq. and at the seashores of Lake Pontchartrain, saved a big snake named Zombi, and was once the proprietress of an notorious apartment of assignation. notwithstanding mythical for an strange blend of religious energy, attractiveness, aura, showmanship, intimidation, and smart company experience, she additionally used to be recognized 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, although significantly much less flamboyant than the legend, is both compelling.
In isolating verifiable truth from semi-truths and whole fabrication, lengthy explores the original social, political, and criminal surroundings within which the lives of Marie Laveau's African and eu ancestors grew to become intertwined. adjustments in New Orleans engendered via French and Spanish rule, the Louisiana buy, the Civil battle, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow segregation affected seven generations of Laveau's kin, from enslaved great-grandparents of natural African blood to great-grandchildren who have been legally labeled as white. concurrently, lengthy examines the evolution of recent Orleans Voudou, which until eventually lately has been neglected by means of scholars.
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A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau by Carolyn Morrow Long