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A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau

A New Orleans Voudou Priestess The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau Legendary for an unusual combination of spiritual power beauty charisma showmanship intimidation and shrewd business sense Marie Leveau also was known for her kindness and charity nursing yello

  • Title: A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau
  • Author: Carolyn Morrow Long
  • ISBN: 9780813029740
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Legendary for an unusual combination of spiritual power, beauty, charisma, showmanship, intimidation, and shrewd business sense, Marie Leveau also was known for her kindness and charity, nursing yellow fever victims and ministering to condemned prisoners, and her devotion to the Roman Catholic Church In separating verifiable fact from semi truths and complete fabrication,Legendary for an unusual combination of spiritual power, beauty, charisma, showmanship, intimidation, and shrewd business sense, Marie Leveau also was known for her kindness and charity, nursing yellow fever victims and ministering to condemned prisoners, and her devotion to the Roman Catholic Church In separating verifiable fact from semi truths and complete fabrication, Carolyn Morrow Long explores the unique social, political, and legal setting in which the lives of Laveau s African and European ancestors became intertwined in nineteenth century New Orleans.

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    1. The best thing I can do to start out is quote this line from the conclusion:"Some elements of the Laveau Legend can be debunked as pure fantasy, some cannot be verified or refuted, and some are true."That pretty much sums up this book in its entirety. It's clear that Morrow intends to present a historical accounting and she does an admirable job. For the most part this book is dry as a bone - there are no juicy secrets here, no lascivious stories, no outrageous claims. As far as I'm aware this i [...]

    2. While I did find this book interesting, it doesn't quite live up to its promise. I picked it up expecting to learn some cool and scandalous Voodoo stories about the Queen of Voodoo, and learned instead that the many salacious rumors about Marie Laveau were just that - unfounded rumors, or else complete fabrication. While it's definitely more than okay that Carolyn Morrow Long is separating fact from fiction here, what's disappointing is that not a lot is actually known about Marie Laveau's life. [...]

    3. Long is the greatest kind of historian. She does not approach her work with an ideology or a theory to prove. She comes neither to praise Caesar nor to bury him. Instead, she reads the facts and the records and explains what she found, with restraint and humility. Long is not the kind to beat her fist and declare she knows the truth, which can make for dry reading but her fairness is so compelling I find it downright sexy. For example, just read her chapter on the greatest mystery of all: who in [...]

    4. Famed New Orleans Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau has long held the fascination of just about anyone who has ever heard of her - so many more now in the post-American Horror Story: Coven world. But just how much of what we think we know about her is real?Carolyn Morrow Long provides the most thorough to date study of Marie Laveau - using all available archival records, newspaper accounts, Louisiana Writers' Project oral histories, books, plays, and films to sort through her legend and separate fac [...]

    5. I am at our guide in New Orleans and I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is an exhaustive look into a truly confusing historical record. At times difficult to get through, but deeply rewarding in its attempt to draw a sliver of fact out of the chaos of more than a century of folklore.

    6. I was hoping for an interesting, engaging look at the life of Marie Laveau, but this book is more like a text book.It was dry, dull and heavily academic in tone and style. Aside from this, there was more about the founding and early history of Lousiana, the city of New Orleans and Marie Laveau's ancestors than there was about Marie herself. In fact the first several chapters have almost nothing about Marie in them.If I had picked up a book looking for an all around history of New Orleans and the [...]

    7. After going to New Orleans on vacation and visiting the St. Louis No. 1 Cemetery, specifically the Voudou Queen's tomb, I became interested in learning more about Marie Laveau. After reading this book, I definitely knew more, not just about Marie Laveau, but about New Orleans history, the slave trading that was going on during this time, Marie's family, and her "hobbies." I especially liked this book because it separated tales from the truth. And I enjoyed all the sources Long used to prove fact [...]

    8. A solid overview of the documented and verifiable facts regarding the life of Marie Laveau. Yes, it's a little dry - that's why the legends and lore get so juicy, and why this book is so desperately needed. This is how academic history is supposed to work - you stick to the documented and verifiable, reign in the speculation, point out which questions simply don't have answers, and debunk the tales which are not supported by evidence.

    9. An excellent, scholarly account of the life and times of New Orleans' famous free woman of color, Marie Laveau. Ms. Long takes great care to place Marie into a historical overview of the city and freely quotes primary documents whenever possible. She also points out the ways Marie's legend came about and which traditional sources state more fiction than provable fact. Since Marie Laveau was illiterate, we have only bits of primary source material, but what is there is fascinating enough to keep [...]

    10. A great and insightful view of Marie Laveau and Voudou. This is one of the more serious and well-written of the books on this subject of many contradictions.

    11. I had high hopes for this book, but was extremely disappointed. It was very boring, and toward the end of the book, you realize the author was getting tired by the same few facts being constantly repeated. On one hand, actual historic records prove what is really fiction, or legend. On the other hand, Long relies way too much on the written and published word to come up with her own conclusions, especially when it came to newspapers. As if she is trying desperately to prove what is unprovable be [...]

    12. This is a good book to read first, before reading other books about Marie Laveau. I would suggest reading it after you've visited New Orleans as it refers a lot to the faubourgs (neighbourhoods), streets and houses of New Orleans. If you've been there, you can picture it. If you haven't, it may be less interesting.You need to be like me, highly interested in the social history and cultures of New Orleans to appreciate this book, as it goes into a lot of detail of the world that Marie Laveau and [...]

    13. I'm not going to lie; this book was slow going. I read it as part of the research for a novel I'm currently writing.Unlike most pop culture books about Marie Laveau, this is a scholarly work (there are more than 100 pages of end-notes). Author Carolyn Morrow Long has spent a great deal of time and effort to separate facts from legend when it comes to her subject.Marie Laveau is legendary as New Orleans' most famous voodoo queen, but there are a lot more to her than meets the eye -- or most story [...]

    14. It was really interesting to read about the city during the time in question. New Orleans in the late 18th, early 19th century. Relationships between various races. Relationships between Creoles and Americans, as they were moving into the city. What voudou was. This part was very interesting and well written.The actual story of Marie Laveau was not so interesting at all. In fact, after reading this book you come out with a question about why you were reading it in the first place. According to t [...]

    15. I picked this up on my recent trip to New Orleans, where there are many references to Marie Laveau. The book is extensively researched, and for a history buff like me, it was fantastic to see how much detail Long was able to tease from the historical records. Long also spends a great deal of time establishing the context of Laveau's time, including social, legal, and economic systems and their impact on New Orleans.I was, however, disappointed, that very little was written about the legends of M [...]

    16. This is more of a history of New Orleans at the time of Marie Laveau than it is a biography of her since, as noted by the author, there is very little verifiable documentation of her life. If you like New Orleans it is an interesting study of that time when many owned slaves, including those who had previously been slaves themselves. It's a dark time in American history but one we should know of and not forget. It's a factual book and a bit dry, no sensationalism that many previous fictional boo [...]

    17. Maybe more than you'd ever want to know about Marie Laveau.The book mentions a legend of Marie Laveau and a hurricane. I researched this and found that the legend is probably based fact. "The South Western, Shreveport, Louisiana, Sept. 15, 1869 reports:There was a 'severe storm' (according to , there was a hurricane) on Lake Pontchartrain. The ex queen of the Voudous, Marie Lavan [sic], a colored woman, proprietess of the White House, which was floated away, was supposed to be drowned. A crowd o [...]

    18. A fascinating look at the historical "Queen of Voudou" and New Orleans in general. Long does a great job of sifting through legend and myth to find the truth about Marie Laveau. A very well researched book, at times a little dry in the reading, but nevertheless a great read for anyone interested in learning more about historical New Orleans and the emergence of voudou and its most famous practitioner. Long shies away from voudou practices and sticks with historical information about the city and [...]

    19. This very methodical recitation of the facts and many fictions about its subject is less of a history than a catalog and hence reads very woodenly. It suffers from the lack of information available directly connected to Marie Laveau, but does admirable work using other sources to try to reconstruct what might have been -- which is clearly distinguished from what we know. Readers hoping to learn the "truth" will be disappointed; as many questions remain as are answered.

    20. Another meticulously researched book by Long, pulling out the threads of fact and fiction and trying to weave a realistic portrait from the legend. There is a dearth of concrete information to rely upon, but in the investigation, Long provides a comprehensive and fascinating picture of New Orleans culture in the 1800's.

    21. Very textbook like, with a little bit of the begats section of the Bible, very dry and hard to keep track of all the names. I think if you are fascinated by genealogy of famous/infamous people, this is a great book for you!

    22. A fascinating look at one of the most famous people to ever haunt New Orleans. I recommend this to anyone even slightly interested in voodoo, history buffs, and New Orleans lovers.

    23. A good overview and debunking of myths and stories perpetuated in the touristic literature of New Orleans.

    24. Fascinating read about a fascinating character. Left me with more questions than answers but the research was done so well that I am satisfied with the uncertainty.

    25. Informative but definitely don't recommend this for listening. It's very dry and not a "story" - it's very researched based and probably better for reading.

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