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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.

©2019 Denise Alvarado; foreword copyright 2019 by Carolyn Morrow Long (P)2020 Tantor

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  • 29-04-20

Cuts through the myths and reveals a multidimensional woman

I really enjoyed this book. It brought Marie Laveau to life for me and I now have an even greater appreciation for her. So often tales about Marie are scandalous and scary. It makes it easy to forget that she was a living breathing multidimensional woman who was ahead of her time. This isn’t a story book. It’s a biography. I must admit that it will take a 2nd listen to ensure I understand the different deities that were addressed,and boy, do I wish there was a PDF of the rituals included with this audiobook. I suppose I will bookmark my favorite rituals during the 2nd listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-04-20

loved it

this book contains so much wisdom, I loved every second of it! I learned so much ❤️

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  • Sassy D
  • 03-04-20

The Magic of Marie Laveau

I absolutely loved this audiobook. It was a real treat to listen to. I learned so I much about NOLA history, LWA, Spirit and Marie!

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  • aida martinez
  • 19-02-20

Such a good book!!!!!

What can I say Denise Alvarado outdid herself!!!! Amazing! Great research! I feel the love and respect! The reading voice though is not very good, just ok.

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  • Willow Garnett
  • 18-08-20

glad I picked this book ...

enjoyed the book. Always enjoy anything about Marie. there was a decent amount of info on voodoo as well.

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  • Seth
  • 05-08-20

Excellence in writing and story telling

This book is well researched and laid out. it gives an educated honest look at the life of a religious icon. As a Pagan, I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking to further their knowledge of Voodoo and learn acceptance of other religions.

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  • Joel D Youngquist
  • 24-07-20

Has history and religion.

Lot of good history found in this book, and later the religion of Voodoo is talked about. She was quite a person who did care and wanted to do some good for her city, and it's people.

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  • LaTonya Robinson
  • 14-05-20

phenomenal

this book was awesome to listen to I enjoyed the story I enjoyed what I learned I'm definitely going to buy the hard copy take notes so I can hands and improve my knowledge of all things spiritual thank you so much this was an awesome awesome book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-12-20

A must read...

I am enlightened. I enjoyed it. I got a better understanding of everything. The narrator is always easy on my ears. This is one book I will purchase for my library.

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  • Kendra
  • 23-11-20

Great homage to the Voodoo Queen

Great story, informative and satisfying read, jewels throughout, honest and uplifting. This was a gift, I am greatful to have.