Voodoo in New Orleans

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In the mid-1800s, Marie Laveau was known as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Voodoo is a religion that mixes African beliefs and traditions with the Catholic religion. During Marie's lifetime, many people believed that she could contact the spirits of the dead to ask for their help. Today, some people say her power lives on. Are the stories true? Look inside to discover what really happened in the mysterious and sometimes spooky city of New Orleans when Marie Laveau reigned as ...

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Overview

In the mid-1800s, Marie Laveau was known as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Voodoo is a religion that mixes African beliefs and traditions with the Catholic religion. During Marie's lifetime, many people believed that she could contact the spirits of the dead to ask for their help. Today, some people say her power lives on. Are the stories true? Look inside to discover what really happened in the mysterious and sometimes spooky city of New Orleans when Marie Laveau reigned as its Voodoo Queen.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leigh Geiger
Pre-teen readers will be drawn to this book by its title and eerie illustrations. A skull's teeth bear tattered slips of paper with relevant historical facts on alternate pages. Realistic graphics depict skeletons "oozing up through the mud" after a rainstorm. Vivid photos of snakes are also prominently featured. Readers will explore the often taboo subject of voodoo by following the life of Marie Laveau, a powerful voodoo priestess who rose to prominence around 1820. Woven into the biography are tales of ghosts, curses, magic powders and love potions. Person is careful to separate fact from legend as he treats the subject with great respect. But there is much more to learn from this fact-filled book. Marie Laveau was also a practicing Catholic who nursed injured soldiers and victims of yellow fever. Readers will be introduced to a brief history of New Orleans from 1718 through the Civil War. Details about food, culture, geography and religion provide appropriate background to the story. The text is very clearly and simply written in large font to encourage even the most reluctant reader. Colorful photographs and graphics richly illustrate the historical and cultural details in this picture book style text. A timeline, glossary and bibliography will make this a useful reference tool. A website provided by the publisher offers more opportunities for research into New Orleans and the history of voodoo. Reviewer: Leigh Geiger, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936087990
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2010
  • Series: HorrorScapes Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Voodoo at Midnight 4

The Right Place to Learn 6

Life and Death in New Orleans 8

Cities of the Dead 10

From Africa to New Orleans 12

There Goes Marie Laveau! 14

The Voodoo Queen 16

Dancing in Congo Square 18

How to Use Voodoo Dolls 20

Ghosts in the Cathedral 22

The Wishing Spot 24

The Queen Lives On 26

New Orleans: Then and Now 28

Glossary 30

Bibliography 31

Read More 31

Learn More Online 31

Index 32

About the Author 32

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