Tag: Marie Laveau

Marie Laveau Voodoo Queen

There’s nowhere in the world quite like New Orleans. No other city so visibly encapsulates the mix of the Old World and the New, and no other city so obviously displays its belief in the supernatural. And, of course, no other city has its share of stories that would seem impossible anywhere else but The Big Easy. Take, for instance, the legend of Marie Laveau, the “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.” A black priestess of […]

Voodoo In New Orleans & It’s African Origins

Although slave owners throughout the American South worked to convert their slaves to Christianity from African religions, the slaves did not easily give up their old beliefs. In Catholic New Orleans, Africans found ways to continue their faiths by synchronizing their pantheon of gods with the saints. Because New Orleans society permitted the existence of gens de couleur libres (free people of color) and because slaves were given more latitude to congregate than elsewhere in […]