Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau

Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau

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by Martha Ward

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The lives and times of the two most powerful spiritual women in Creole New Orleans


The lives and times of the two most powerful spiritual women in Creole New Orleans

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Spell books, guidebooks, fictional works, music, and even a dance choreographed by Alvin Ailey have all paid tribute to the mysterious New Orleans mother and daughter both named Marie Laveau. Ward (anthropology, women's studies, & urban studies, Univ. of New Orleans; A World Full of Women) here provides eyeopening details of these two women's lives and the spiritual, magical, and sexual powers they wielded in 19th-century New Orleans. Marie Laveau the elder was the founder and priestess of American Voodoo; a free black woman, she also sought to relieve the suffering brought by racial and other injustices. Marie Laveau the younger worked on social issues concerning family and domestic violence and reluctantly became the bridge between her mother's French Creole brand of Voodoo and the Hoodoo that Southern blacks brought to New Orleans. Ward gathered information from the Louisiana Historical Collection, from libraries, and from wandering through historic New Orleans. Though many web sites are dedicated to these women and pilgrimages are still made to their gravesite, this appears to be the only full-length biography available. This engrossing book provides the feel of historic New Orleans during the Civil War and will hold the interest of most readers. Recommended for popular collections.-L. Kriz, West Des Moines P.L., IA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Martha Ward is the author of Nest in the Wind, A World Full of Women, and A Sounding of Women: Autobiographies from Unexpected Places, among other books. She is University Research Professor of Anthropology, Urban Studies, and Women's Studies at the University of New Orleans.

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Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.