Marie Laveau: The Woman, The Legend, The Queen
Ask anyone who has ever paid the slightest attention to the world of Voodoo what they know about the subject and chances are that the name Marie Laveau will be the main topic of discussion. Regarded as the queen high priestess of Voodoo in New Orleans, Marie Laveau was respected by all who knew her. Her reputation was so revered that even her enemies thought twice before taking her on in any manner. Marie was a free person of color and regarded as one of the best hairstylists in town. The majority of her clients were the wealthy French women in the city, who were said to adore her. She quickly gained their trust and confidence by making poultices and spells that helped with the pain of childbirth, as well as making women more fertile so that they could conceive more children. On the flip side, when some women came to her no longer desiring to have children, she provided contraception methods that helped them achieve those goals as well.
While Marie and other practitioners like her provided the mundane practice of Voodoo to clients, delivering potions and gris-gris bags as needed, the more elaborate rituals were held in the swamps outside the city as well as at Bayou St. John, where spiritual ceremonies were conducted (including the high priestesses dancing naked to a powerful rhythm of drums while handling large serpents).
In her book Spirits of New Orleans, Kala Ambrose dedicates an entire chapter to legendary Voodoo Queen Marie Laveaux including a list of places to visit such as Marie Laveaux’s grave,
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