Marie Laveau: The Mysterious Voodoo Queen

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Garrett County Press, Oct 31, 2012 - Religion - 329 pages
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Ina Johanna Fandrich's book is not a biography of New Orleans' Voodoo icon Marie Laveau (1801-18881) per se, although it contains a wealth of carefully collected data about her. Rather, it explores Laveau's significance as the quintessential figure within a larger movement: the emergence of influential free women of color, women conjurers of African or racially mixed origin with strong ties to the Roman Catholic Church and a deep commitment to the spirits of their ancestors, who had considerable influence over the city despite their marginalized social and religious status. The heyday of this movement coincided with Laveau's lifetime.

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Dr. Ina J. Fandrich holds a Ph.D. (1994) from Temple University, Philadelphia. For more than twenty years she taught courses in Religious Studies, Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies, and African and African American Studies at various institutions of higher education throughout the United States, including Temple University, South Dakota State University, Rutgers University, Swarthmore College, and Louisiana State University. She has also worked as the curator of collections at the New Orleans African American Museum. She is the author of the book The Mysterious Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveaux: A Study of Powerful Female Leadership in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans (Routledge, 2005). She has lectured on New Orleans and Louisiana African American history and Creole culture nationally as well as internationally, providing over 40 presentations at professional gatherings. Her research has been featured in CNN and NPR news reports as well as in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times.

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