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|Introduction: At the Beginning|
|Ch. 1||Who in Heaven or Hell, Africa or France, Was Marie Laveau?||3|
|Ch. 2||Catholic in the Morning, Voodoo by Night||21|
|Ch. 3||Working Wife, Widow, Mistress, and Voodoo Divorcee||34|
|Ch. 4||Marie Laveau Brings the New Orleans Saints to Town||49|
|Ch. 5||Color Schemes and Protection Policies on St. Ann Street||65|
|Ch. 6||Freedom a la Mode, a la Marie||78|
|Ch. 7||Life in the Cities of the Dead||93|
|Ch. 8||At the Altar of Love and Luck||108|
|Ch. 9||Madame Laveau's Prayers, Poisons, and Political Pull||123|
|Ch. 10||How John, the Devil, and Mam'zelle Marie Hoodooed the Media||140|
|Ch. 11||A Tale of Two Sisters||154|
|Ch. 12||The Last Queen of the Voodoos Returns from the Dead||171|
|Postscript: Events in the Lives of the Marie Laveaus||191|
|At the End: In Recognition and Respect||238|
Posted December 28, 2008
One word, "Crayfish". Yes this is a real word, but I have never heard anyone in New Orleans or the state of Louisiana use it. For all the research she is claiming to have done, and for working in New Orleans, it seems she would know the locals use the word "Crawfish". This one little error says a lot about her research and what she knows about New Orleans. Another author romanticizing a city and era they know nothing about.
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Posted May 2, 2008
Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau Voodoo Queen: the Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau is a study of the life of Marie Laveau, the legendary voodoo queen, and of the Creole lifestyle and history of New Orleans, Louisiana. Author Martha Ward writes her book in almost story form, making it an easy and enjoyable read. She discusses the lifestyles of the various social classes throughout the history of New Orleans. For instance, she explains that during the lifetime of Marie Laveau, many European Americans took Africans and Native Americans to be their slaves or mistresses. The author thoroughly explains how the idea of race and color follows a set of categories in New Orleans that differ from any other part of the country. The book also discusses how New Orleans Voodoo developed through a blend of Catholic and African traditions and how Marie Laveau came to be known as 'Sainte Marie' and the ¿Good Mother¿ who brings safety to the city. Overall, the book succeeds in analyzing historical records and legends of Marie Laveau in a way that leaves the reader with a greater appreciation of the rich culture and history of New Orleans.
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Posted May 29, 2012
This is poorly written or maybe just poorly advertised I was looking for a book about the Mystery and Unknown about Marie Laveau and the south I was more excited about the short visit Andrew Zimmer did.This sounded like it would be a good read but there is nothing exciting or spooky about it I feel like it is a documentary and I am being made to read as a school project.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 28, 2010
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