By Carolyn Morrow Long

"Thanks to this writer's exhaustive, scrupulous, sincere examine debunking the fake or questionable myths handed down throughout the generations, we will be able to now be convinced of what we all know and don't learn about Marie Laveau and her existence and occasions in nineteenth-century New Orleans."--Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

"The legend of Marie Laveau, New Orleans' Voudou Queen, has a compelling carry at the well known mind's eye. Carolyn Morrow lengthy uncovers the attention-grabbing tale of the flesh-and-blood girl in the back of the legend and in so doing enriches our realizing 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 fact of Marie Laveau disentangles the advanced threads of the legend surrounding the recognized Voudou priestess. in line with mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau was once a unprecedented superstar whose sorcery-fueled impact 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, saved a huge snake named Zombi, and used to be the proprietress of an notorious residence of assignation. even though mythical for an strange blend of non secular strength, good looks, aura, showmanship, intimidation, and clever enterprise feel, she additionally was once identified 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, notwithstanding 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 criminal environment during 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 conflict, 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 categorized as white. concurrently, lengthy examines the evolution of recent Orleans Voudou, which until eventually lately has been overlooked by means of scholars.

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