Voodoo in New Orleans, a mélange of religion, entrepreneurship, and business networks, stretched across the color line in intriguing ways.
Voodoo rituals and institutions also drew inspiration from the surrounding milieu, including the privations of the Great Depression, the city s complex racial history, and the free-market economy. Money, employment, and business became central concerns for the religion s practitioners: to validate their work, some began operating from recently organized Spiritual Churches, entities that were tax exempt and thus legitimate in the eyes of the state of Louisiana. Practitioners even leveraged local figures like the mythohistoric Marie Laveau for spiritual purposes and entrepreneurial gain. All the while, they contributed to the cultural legacy that fueled New Orleans s tourist industry and drew visitors and their money to the Crescent City.
The book is published by Louisiana State University Press.
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By Jessica on 04-05-18
Didn't match up to my expectations
While the overall message of the book was quite interesting, I feel like the same point was made repeatedly throughout the book. Being a native New Orleanian myself, I am well-aware that there was an economic gain to be had by practicing Voodoo, but there is so much more that could have been addressed. I wanted more history. I wanted more articles describing eye-witness accounts. Being it is about politics as well as religion, I wanted more court cases or police reports. I also wanted a more intimate look at Marie Laveau.
Also, the narration was a disappointment. Although I can hear an authentic New Orleans dialect when he would read most passages, every time he quoted someone there would be this awkward pause in between words. He also seemed to change his dialect when quoting to perhaps "dumb it down" a bit. Although the grammar is believable when he did this, the pronunciations were very off. And the pauses eventually became like nails on a chalkboard.
Overall, although the information and story had a good foundation, I ultimately found it lacking.
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