• Witch Queens, Voodoo Spirits, and Hoodoo Saints

  • A Guide to Magical New Orleans
  • By: Denise Alvarado
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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A magical mystery tour of the extraordinary historical characters that have defined the unique spiritual landscape of New Orleans

New Orleans has long been America’s most magical city, inhabited by a fascinating visible and invisible world, full of mysteries, known for its decadence and haunted by its spirits. If Salem, Massachusetts is famous for its persecution of witches, New Orleans is celebrated for its embrace of the magical, mystical, and paranormal. New Orleans is acclaimed for its witches, ghosts, and vampires. Because of its unique history, New Orleans is the historical stronghold of traditional African religions and spirituality in the US. No other city worldwide is as associated with Vodou as New Orleans.

In her new book, author and scholar Denise Alvarado takes us on a magical tour of New Orleans. There is a mysterious spiritual underbelly hiding in plain sight in New Orleans, and in this book Alvarado shows us where it is and who the characters are. She tells where they come from and how they persist and manifest today. Witch Queens, Voodoo Spirits, and Hoodoo Saints shines a light on notable spirits and folk saints such as Papa Legba, Annie Christmas, Black Hawk, African American culture hero Jean St. Malo, St. Expedite, plague saint Roch, and, of course, the mother and father of New Orleans Voudou, Marie Laveau and Doctor John Montenée. Witch Queens, Voodoo Spirits, and Hoodoo Saints serves as a secret history of New Orleans, revealing details even locals may not know.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Denise Alvarado (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Interesting

If all the stories bear fact, pretty good info on New Orleans "mysteries." The narrator/author though is very racist and takes every opportunity to denigrate and slam the white society and males particularly. Though slavery was an evil, at the time of many of these stories, it wasn't unique to America or the world. It was just an acceptable way of life. Should just stick to the facts and let readers draw own judgments. If you can get by her bias and racism, the stories are pretty good. But wouldn't download another book by her.

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A Gem

Amazing narration and fascinating research & access. I can't wait to go back and experience New Orleans with this knowledge. One critique: the book could have been edited better. Numerous times the same thing, with the same phrasing was repeated several times.

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