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By Carolyn Morrow Long

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

"The legend of Marie Laveau, New Orleans' Voudou Queen, has a compelling carry at the renowned mind's eye. Carolyn Morrow lengthy uncovers the interesting tale of the flesh-and-blood girl at the back of the legend and in so doing enriches our realizing of lifestyles in New Orleans within the 19th century."--Vaughan B. Baker, collage of Louisiana, Lafayette

Against the backdrop of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century New Orleans, a brand new Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and truth of Marie Laveau disentangles the complicated threads of the legend surrounding the recognized Voudou priestess. in accordance with mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau was once a rare famous person whose sorcery-fueled impression prolonged extensively from slaves to upper-class whites. a few money owed declare that she led the "orgiastic" Voudou dances in Congo sq. and at the seashores of Lake Pontchartrain, stored a big snake named Zombi, and used to be the proprietress of an notorious condo of assignation. although mythical for an strange blend of religious strength, attractiveness, air of secrecy, showmanship, intimidation, and intelligent company feel, she additionally was once recognized 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, even though 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 criminal surroundings during which the lives of Marie Laveau's African and eu ancestors turned intertwined. alterations in New Orleans engendered via French and Spanish rule, the Louisiana buy, the Civil conflict, 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 categorised as white. at the same time, lengthy examines the evolution of recent Orleans Voudou, which till lately has been missed via scholars.

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