New PDF release: A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of

By Carolyn Morrow Long

ISBN-10: 0813029740

ISBN-13: 9780813029740

ISBN-10: 0813032148

ISBN-13: 9780813032146

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 accordance with mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau used to be a rare famous person whose sorcery-fueled effect prolonged greatly from slaves to upper-class whites. a few bills declare that she led the "orgiastic" Voudou dances in Congo sq. and at the seashores of Lake Pontchartrain, stored a huge snake named Zombi, and used to be the proprietress of an notorious residence of assignation. even though mythical for an strange mix of non secular energy, good looks, air of mystery, showmanship, intimidation, and wise enterprise experience, 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, even though significantly much less flamboyant than the legend, is both compelling.

In setting apart verifiable truth from semi-truths and whole fabrication, lengthy explores the original social, political, and criminal atmosphere 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 battle, 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 labeled as white. concurrently, lengthy examines the evolution of recent Orleans Voudou, which until eventually lately has been neglected via scholars.

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