Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau

Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau

Martha Ward / May 29, 2020

Voodoo Queen The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau 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 L

  • Title: Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau
  • Author: Martha Ward
  • ISBN: 9781578066292
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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.ThEach 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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    1. I love New Orleans, and I've always been interested in Voodoo, so I thought Voodoo Queen would be a great combination of these topics. However, my disappointment began as early as the book's introduction when Ward admits that very little, if any, primary source material exists about the two Marie Laveaus. Ward uses the term "gumbo ya ya" to describe the sources used throughout the bookories and other oral tradition that have become as mixed up over the years as a good bowl of gumbo. It's fairly [...]

    2. Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau'The forty-four cemeteries of New Orleans lend themselves to mystery, ghost stories and occult tourism. Local citizens call them 'cities of the dead'. First time visitors receive a surreal shock - ancient ruins, marble monuments and tall crypts celebrate death and refuse to sterilize, deny or make it merely a medical fact Against the skyline, angels, crosses and statues of grieving mothers make the aura of decomposition exquisite. Mile after mile o [...]

    3. This book is a fascinating portrayal of what life might have been like for Marie Laveau, and I loved reading it, but make no mistake; this "historical" book is a work of fiction. The author provides intimate details of the Second Marie Laveau when scholars aren't even sure she existed. This book describes people being in places they never were, thinking thoughts they never had, having personalities we know nothing about. Martha Ward even admits that most of her book is imaginative. She said, "I [...]

    4. Not good. Supposedly a historical biography, this book was more like reading a bad historical romance novel, complete with cheezy descriptions of what Marie Laveau might have been thinking (if Marie Lavaue had been white, 20th century privileged academic feminist, which she was not) during key life events reconstructed from scant evidence, unsubstantiated exaggerations of superstitious witnesses, and the "gumbo ya ya" of tales passed down through generation. I got halfway through and had to stop [...]

    5. I found this book extremely frustrating because it is such an interesting tale and has such great stories. But the organization of the book and the writing style made it very difficult to follow. The timing jumped all over the place constantly and the uses of names was inconsistent. Even little things, such as the family tree not being placed at the beginning of the book, made reading it a long procedure.

    6. In 2004, I directed a theatre piece where actors were invited to choose their characters from someone in history. We then worked together as a cast to create pieces revealing the lives of these people. One person chose Marie Laveau, and just at this time this book was published. It was a great find. It's a fascinating read, and you learn about the persona Laveau created around herself, and what she was actually doing to help oppressed people in the south.

    7. Sentimental tourist fluff-with a lot of extrapolation. However, flipping back to the bibliography will direct you to some useful resources. As a research tool, this book is an okay summary of current material and opinions on the infamous Marie Laveau-about whom little more than her existence can be proven.

    8. A topical sweeping introduction to two women who altered the current of NOLA. A fast read with lots of questions and historical dilemmas left unanswered. So be it, a kind offering.

    9. Martha Wardin "Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau" (University Press of Mississippi, 2004) tarttui mukaan matkalukemistoksi taannoiselle reissulleni, joka suuntautui voodoo-kuningattarien syntysijoille New Orleansiin. Tietokirjassa käsitellään Marie Laveaun (n. 1801-1881) ja hänen samannimisen tyttärensä elämää 1800-luvun Louisianassa. Loppujen lopuksi kaksikon vaiheista tiedetään aika vähän, ja melkoinen osa siitä perustuu vuosien saatossa vääristyneihin ja tahalla [...]

    10. New Orleans is a wonderful City with some of the deepest histories of any state in the union. This book was good - I enjoyed learning what there is to know about Marie Laveau - which isn't much. While the book reads a bit like a text-book, I certainly learned a lot about both Marie and the City she called home. Three stars because some chapters were WAY more interesting than others and some I had to force myself through.All-in-all a good book, one I'm glad I read, and one that made me even more [...]

    11. Includes a lot of speculation and extrapolation based on minimal data, but very flavorful and interesting.Sadly, the copy I got from the CPL system was an excellent illustration of the problems that many scholars have encountered when researching the Laveau women - someone has sliced out pages 52-56.

    12. that extra star was to be nice. it was my fault for picking this book at my school to read upon on of the most influential women of New Orleans. this Martha woman flipped flopped all around and even used some of her opinions as facts.

    13. Good book. Reads like a textbook though. It was hard to get through without falling asleep. Lots of information to process. It did paint a picture of what Louisiana was like in the past.

    14. A wonderful book. This looks into not only their spiritual lives but also what it was like to be Creole in the rapidly changing New Orleans of the 19th century. Ideas of race, identity, marriage, and so much more is covered in less than 200 pages. A fascinating and insightful book.

    15. I have read this book a few times and think it is the most beautiful book on what Voodoo in New Orleans was probably like at its peak. But this is more than that, it's a compelling bio of two women who watched their powers diminished as the US took over Louisianna and slowly stripped them of all rights due to their color. Once proud French-speaking "free women of color" with Creole beauty and wisdom stemming from several continents' bloodlines of culture, the story ends with the last Marie Lavea [...]

    16. I loved this book because it uncovered so many things I did not know about voodoo and the women who were its leaders in New Orleans- Marie Laveau and her daughter (with the same name). I knew that voodoo was a mix of Catholicism and African traditions but did not know that it was the practiced by Creole free people of color during slavery- and led by women. Free women of color did not have many options in the 1800s and the Maries escaped the typical fate of being a mistress financially kept by a [...]

    17. This book is not what I expected. Instead of an impartial historical account of the lives of the Marie Laveaus, VOODOO QUEEN lent too much credence to fabricated stories by 'eyewitnesses' who claimed to have seen Marie Laveau perform. Ward is evidently too enamored with Voodoo to be able to write an objective history. I was, however, rewarded for finishing this book with some interesting trivia facts. I learned about how long you had to wait after a burial before you could put another body in a [...]

    18. As I think back to my many years of watching television and movies and reading, the name Marie Laveau was kind of always in the background as some sort of whisper. I was familiar with the name before I was aware that it was a French/Creole name and what made me read this book after all these years of hearing the 'whisper' was when I decided to read 'Mules and Men' by Zora Neale Hurston, as you can see, I finished this book first.'Voodoo Queen' by Martha Ward was a great read. It was hard for me [...]

    19. Maybe I should have given this book another star- I am still torn. I mean, I appreciate that the author went out the way to gather a lot of facts and information otherwise unavailable, and the attempt to set the record straight. But rather than write a whole book about what Marie Laveau DIDN'T do, I would have liked it more if the author spent more time dedicating pages to telling us why this amazing woman was held in such high regard.As much as I'd like to believe there was some truth to the le [...]

    20. Interesting topic, but incredibly poorly written. Grammar, style and flow are just awful. References to characters are confusing as lots of different names are used for the same people without proper explanation. The book jumps haphazardly from topic to topic from paragraph to paragraph without any clear structure or reason. Disappointing, as there was obviously much research done for the book, but it was so badly put together. Seems like a waste of time and resources for the author and the read [...]

    21. This was an enlightening look at a historical figure that I knew next to nothing about. The legendary Marie Laveau was in fact two people--mother and daughter of the same name. This book reported the superstitions and the gossip, but didn't sensationalize them. It was an interesting overview of the times and put much in perspective for me. Not a lot is known for sure about the lives of these women, but what few facts remain were reported in a readable and enjoyable fashion. Not a page turner, bu [...]

    22. this was disappointing as a revealing look at ML, but it was useful to me in getting a feel for the geography of NoLa and the French Quarter in that era- and as a look at the role of these powerful women at a time when it was unusual for them to exercise such overt influence. I found the writing style maddening- some sentences didn't even make sense - the chronology was all over the place; i can see the purpose when approaching episodes topically, but with two marie laveau's, it made my head spi [...]

    23. I'm very conflicted about this book. I liked and at the same time didn't like this book. I didn't feel that it was very well organized -time line bounced all over the place. I would read one thing and then a few chapters later I swore I had already read the same thing…too much repetition. Sometimes you couldn't tell which "Marie" was being referenced.Yet, it was interesting to learn more about NOLA and what "might have been" during that time.

    24. Intriguing meditation on what Marie Laveau, the rumored voodoo priestess, could have been like--a mother and daughter who shared the same name and "manipulated" the New Orleans system in their favor, perhaps? The writing is speculative and examines rumors, but gives the Laveau women personality and agency, which is nice.

    25. Although thoroughly researched, and luckily published before Hurricane Katrina, this book could have used a firmer hand with editing. Too much repetition, and the organization was sometimes confusing. Still, it's the most detailed book I know of that focuses on the life of Marie Laveau, and I found many descriptions and events of value for my opera, CRESCENT CITY.

    26. The author admits up front that little information on either of the women known as Marie Laveau remains and spends much of the surest of the book speculating about what may have occurred or relating unreliable eyewitness accounts.

    27. I couldn't even finish this. It had poor structure and next to no actual facts. The author probably should have written a historical novel about the Laveau's rather than attempt to write a biography. Very choppy. If you're looking for an intriguing read about voodoo, I would skip this one.

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