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The Magic of Marie Laveau

Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans

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The Magic of Marie Laveau

“I am ENAMORED of Marie Laveau. I had no idea who she was before listening to the audiobook, but Alvarado's writing and Morrow Long's research provided such compelling information and story telling. I now want to make the pilgrimage to the Voodoo Queen's grave sight at St. Louis Cemetery Number 1 in New Orleans. She was such a nuanced figure, born a free woman of color who acted as spiritual leader, secret keeper, beautician, healer to her community. I'm glad this book exists to keep her memory alive and introduce her life to more audiences.”

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The life and work of the legendary "Pope of Voodoo," Marie Laveau—a free woman of color who practically ruled New Orleans in the mid-1800s Marie Laveau may be the most influential American practitioner of the magical arts; certainly, she is among the most famous. She is the subject of songs, films, and legends and the star of New Orleans ghost tours. Her grave in New Orleans ranks among the most popular spiritual pilgrimages in the US. Devotees venerate votive images of Laveau, who proclaimed herself the "Pope of Voodoo." She is the subject of respected historical biographies and the inspiration for novels by Francine Prose and Jewell Parker Rhodes. She even appears in Marvel Comics and on the television show American Horror Story: Coven, where she was portrayed by Angela Bassett.

Author Denise Alvarado explores Marie Laveau's life and work—the fascinating history and mystery. This book gives an overview of New Orleans Voodoo, its origins, history, and practices. It contains spells, prayers, rituals, recipes, and instructions for constructing New Orleans voodoo-style altars and crafting a voodoo amulet known as a gris-gris.

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