The Magic of Marie Laveau: Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans by Denise AlvaradoThe life and work of the legendary “Pope of Voodoo,” Marie Laveau—a free woman of color who practically ruled New Orleans in the mid-1800s
Marie Laveau may be the most influential American practitioner of the magical arts; certainly, she is among the most famous. She is the subject of songs, films, and legends and the star of New Orleans ghost tours. Her grave in New Orleans ranks among the most popular spiritual pilgrimages in the US. Devotees venerate votive images of Laveau, who proclaimed herself the “Pope of Voodoo.” She is the subject of respected historical biographies and the inspiration for novels by Francine Prose and Jewell Parker Rhodes. She even appears in Marvel Comics and on the television show American Horror Story: Coven, where she was portrayed by Angela Bassett.
Author Denise Alvarado explores Marie Laveau’s life and work—the fascinating history and mystery. This book gives an overview of New Orleans Voodoo, its origins, history, and practices. It contains spells, prayers, rituals, recipes, and instructions for constructing New Orleans voodoo-style altars and crafting a voodoo amulet known as a gris-gris.
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Marie Laveau was a famous and powerful voodoo priestess who lived in New Orleans in the 19th century. Renowned in life and revered in death, some say she continues to work her magic from beyond the grave. The first Marie was born in the French Quarter of New Orleans around , the illegitimate daughter of a Creole mother and a white father. In New Orleans in the 18th and 19th centuries, slaves, Creoles and free people of color practiced a brand of voodoo that incorporated African, Catholic, and Native American religious practices. She sold charms and pouches of gris gris some combination of herbs, oils, stones, bones, hair, nails, and grave dirt , told fortunes and gave advice to New Orleans residents of every social strata.
She was the biological daughter of Marguerite Henry also known as Marguerite D'Arcantel , a free woman of colour who was of Native American, African and French descent, and Charles Laveau Trudeau , surveyor and politician. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. The death of Jacques Paris was recorded in Both disappear from the records in the s. Jacques fell in love with Marie Laveau and they were married on August 4, at St. Marie was the daughter of Charles Laveau a wealthy white planter and Plantation owner and Marquerite Darcantrel a Creole and a free woman of color. Maria Laveau was twenty-five years of age when she married Jacques Paris, and one year after their marriage, he disappeared.
Known as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, according to many eyewitness accounts, this was a title Marie Laveau not only earned, but to this day has not relinquished. In fact, the crypt where she's buried St. Louis Cemetery 1 is believed ot be the most haunted cemetery in America. Visitors claim to have seen the ghost of the Voodoo Queen herself, inside the cemetery, walking around tombs, in her trademark turban, while whispering a Santeria Voodoo curse to disrespectful gawkers. If you visit her grave, you'll notice that people still leave offerings, candles, flowers, Voodoo dolls, all in the hopes that Laveau will bestow her supernatural blessings. When people make a wish at her tomb, they return if their wish comes true and leave three X marks as a sign of their gratitude. So, who was the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans?
Vodou in New Orleans
Marie Laveau , also spelled Laveaux , born ? Some documents indicate that she was born in , while other research supports as the year of her birth.
Marie Laveau — was a Louisiana Creole: descended from the colonial white settlers, black slaves and free people of color of southern Louisiana. She staged ceremonies in which participants became possessed by loas Voodoo spirits ; she dispensed charms and potions, even saving several condemned men from the gallows; told fortunes and healed the sick. The first white settlers of Louisiana were French, usually the second born sons of aristocrats who left France to seek adventure in the New World. These Frenchmen came to be called Creole , and made up the upper crust of New Orleans. The word was later used to refer to white Frenchmen as well as people of color in New Orleans. The Creole living in Louisiana at that time inter-mixed with Black slaves, free people of color, Indian and Acadian people.