Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau / Edition 1

Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau / Edition 1

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by Martha Ward
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578066298

ISBN-13: 9781578066292

Pub. Date: 03/11/2004

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Each year, thousands of pilgrims visit the celebrated New Orleans tomb where Marie Laveau is said to lie. They seek her favors or fear her lingering influence. Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau is the first study of the Laveaus, mother and daughter of the same name. Both were legendary leaders of religious and spiritual traditions many

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Each year, thousands of pilgrims visit the celebrated New Orleans tomb where Marie Laveau is said to lie. They seek her favors or fear her lingering influence. Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau is the first study of the Laveaus, mother and daughter of the same name. Both were legendary leaders of religious and spiritual traditions many still label as evil.

The Laveaus were free women of color and prominent French-speaking Catholic Creoles. From the 1820s until the 1880s when one died and the other disappeared, gossip, fear, and fierce affection swirled about them. From the heart of the French Quarter, in dance, drumming, song, and spirit possession, they ruled the imagination of New Orleans.

How did the two Maries apply their "magical" powers and uncommon business sense to shift the course of love, luck, and the law? The women understood the real crime—they had pitted their spiritual forces against the slave system of the United States. Moses-like, they led their people out of bondage and offered protection and freedom to the community of color, rich white women, enslaved families, and men condemned to hang.

The curse of the Laveau family, however, followed them. Both loved men they could never marry. Both faced down the press and police who stalked them. Both countered the relentless gossip of curses, evil spirits, murders, and infant sacrifice with acts of benevolence.

The book is also a detective story—who is really buried in the famous tomb in the oldest "city of the dead" in New Orleans? What scandals did the Laveau family intend to keep buried there forever? By what sleight of hand did free people of color lose their cultural identity when Americans purchased Louisiana and imposed racial apartheid upon Creole creativity? Voodoo Queen brings the improbable testimonies of saints, spirits, and never-before-printed eyewitness accounts of ceremonies and magical crafts together to illuminate the lives of the two Marie Laveaus, leaders of a major, indigenous American religion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578066292
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
03/11/2004
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
248,597
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: At the Beginning
Ch. 1Who in Heaven or Hell, Africa or France, Was Marie Laveau?3
Ch. 2Catholic in the Morning, Voodoo by Night21
Ch. 3Working Wife, Widow, Mistress, and Voodoo Divorcee34
Ch. 4Marie Laveau Brings the New Orleans Saints to Town49
Ch. 5Color Schemes and Protection Policies on St. Ann Street65
Ch. 6Freedom a la Mode, a la Marie78
Ch. 7Life in the Cities of the Dead93
Ch. 8At the Altar of Love and Luck108
Ch. 9Madame Laveau's Prayers, Poisons, and Political Pull123
Ch. 10How John, the Devil, and Mam'zelle Marie Hoodooed the Media140
Ch. 11A Tale of Two Sisters154
Ch. 12The Last Queen of the Voodoos Returns from the Dead171
Postscript: Events in the Lives of the Marie Laveaus191
Notes196
Sources226
At the End: In Recognition and Respect238
Index241

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