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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 advanced threads of the legend surrounding the recognized Voudou priestess. based on mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau used to be a unprecedented star whose sorcery-fueled effect prolonged extensively 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, stored 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, air of mystery, showmanship, intimidation, and clever 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 genuine 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 atmosphere within which the lives of Marie Laveau's African and eu ancestors turned intertwined. alterations in New Orleans engendered by way 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 categorised as white. at the same time, lengthy examines the evolution of recent Orleans Voudou, which until eventually lately has been neglected by means of scholars.

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