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Garlic hangs from the rafters. The Loup Garou holds a convention on Bayou Goula. Spiders dwell in haunted houses. Images of St. Rosalia are carried from church to church. King Zulu parades on Mardi Gras day.
The sights and sounds of Louisiana come alive in Gumbo Ya-Ya ("everybody talks at once"). Long considered the finest collection of Louisiana folk tales and customs, this new edition chronicles the stories and legends that have emerged from across the Bayou State.
All aspects of society are detailed in this wonderful album of Louisiana tradition: the old-family Creoles, with their strict codes of honor; the fun-loving Cajuns, with their curious family names and spirited fais do-do; the proud blacks, with their fascinating blend of Christianity and voodoo.
Ghosts also abound in these pages-including the headless horseman of Natchitoches, the whimsical apparition who startled citizens of Monroe, and the haunted woods in the Mackeville area.
Gumbo Ya-Ya is a charming look at the legends and practices of Louisiana. Originally written as part of the WPA's Louisiana Writers' Program, it has endured as a classic of its genre.
This is a book from my childhood in Louisiana. It scared the beejeebers out of me when I was little but it is a very accurate chronicle of the way South Louisiana used to be... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christie S. Kitchens
This is a WPA book on Louisiana and New Orleans. Published in 1945. Be prepared for a mindset/viewpoint from 70 years ago. Fascinating reading.Published 8 months ago by Jay L.
This is about the fifth copy of this book that I've owned. They just seem to keep getting away from me. It's excellent.Published 8 months ago by marmalade7
Kindle version is terrible, book is OK, different than what I thought it would be. I gave up on trying to read it on my kindle and just checked it out from the library instead.Published 9 months ago by Buddha79
A jewel of Louisiana folklore, history and language. Eye witness narratives of Zulus, Cajuns, Creoles, ghosts plus superstitions and colloquialisms.Published 17 months ago by Cindy L. Corpier