Spirits of the Bayou by Deborah Burst (Signed Copy)


Spirits of the Bayou by Deborah Burst (Signed Copy)


Do you love strolling through cemeteries and listening to the call of the ravens? Or perhaps floating along the forbidden bayous in search of haunted legends? 

Imagine such a trail that begins in New Orleans, a stroll through the most elite cemeteries, a tour of the world's finest cityscapes inside the cities of the dead. And their final abodes dressed in an eclectic musing of ancient Greece and Rome designs dashed with exotic lines of India, Egypt and the Orient. 

Then a step inside another world, one of pauper graves with crooked wooden crosses shaded by great oaks and long strands of weeping moss. Equally rich in their own unique heritage and traditions of Africa and the Caribbean. 

Tavel south along the coastal towns, all filled with their own country churchyards, centuries-old tombs and a romantic lair of emerald forests rising from dark-stained waters. 

Across the gnarled canopies of cypress are the jubilant melodies of exotic birds and the haunted echoes of hawks hunting their prey. Follow a trail of forbidding beauty veiled by dark shadows and marbled pools of light, it's Louisiana's own brand of a tropical paradise. 

The author's vivid photography opens the doors to ancient temples along New Orleans' own St. Charles Avenue. Discover the trill of that first moment entering a castle of faith, the immense artistry and then the blissful silence, Burst brings you there in a delightful mix of her poetic prose and stoic photos. 

Each turn of the page leaves you wanting more, more of the soulful spirits that fill the churches and synagogues. 

Step inside the nineteenth-century communities, many leaving their homeland to start a new life, bringing with them their own faith and culture. And how ironic, they too battled nature's wrath with floods and hurricanes, never giving up, rebuilding the town's beating heart time and again. 

Spirits of the Bayou is the second book in the Louisiana's Sacred Places series. A trail of beauty, history and mystery, and with every chapter a travel section with links so you too can travel your own trail.

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