By Carolyn Morrow Long

"Thanks to this writer's exhaustive, scrupulous, sincere examine debunking the fake or questionable myths handed down in the course of the generations, we will be able to now be convinced of what we all know and don't find out 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 attention-grabbing tale of the flesh-and-blood lady at the back of the legend and in so doing enriches our knowing 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 fact of Marie Laveau disentangles the advanced threads of the legend surrounding the recognized Voudou priestess. in keeping with mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau used to be a rare megastar whose sorcery-fueled impression 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 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 mix of religious strength, good looks, aura, showmanship, intimidation, and smart 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 real 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 means of French and Spanish rule, the Louisiana buy, the Civil struggle, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow segregation affected seven generations of Laveau's relations, from enslaved great-grandparents of natural African blood to great-grandchildren who have been legally categorized as white. concurrently, lengthy examines the evolution of latest Orleans Voudou, which until eventually lately has been missed via scholars.

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