Denise Alvarado – The Magic of Marie Laveau


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.

Author: Denise Alvarado
Narrator: Adenrele Ojo
Duration: 7 hours 1 min
Released: 20 Jan 2002
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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I purchased this book based on reviews in the New York Times and Washington Post. I am preparing for a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela via the Portuguese way and thought this book would help. I did not know of Timothy Egan’s works prior but plan to read more of his books and opinion pieces in the New York Times. I found it an enlightening and sad telling of the history of Christianity and the Catholic Church in Europe while he went from Canterbury to Rome. At times it reminded me of some of the travel books by Bill Bryson. I could relate to Egan’s statement that he was a lapsed Catholic but was still listening. This book gave me much to think about.