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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Marie Laveau....Queen of Voodoo

Voodoo is a spicy New Orleans heritage as is "slightly" shady Louisiana politics. There is no story as "high spirited" as the legacy of Marie Laveau, the undisputed "Queen of Voodoo", who managed to combine the two ingredients for powers that some claim still continue to this day. Even folks who don't believe in her spirit have been known to frequent her grave in Saint Louis Cemetary #1 and do the traditional markings for her blessing..."just in case."

....Marie's chief works were in sorcery, Black Magic and the paranormal. Prominent politicians would seek her help, sometimes asking her to predict their futures. For a fee, Marie could cast and remove spells. She was reputedly good with love potions and curses, too. But one thing she was particularly skilled at was obtaining secret information about prominent locals. She divined her information not so much through clairvoyance as through a spy network of servants and slaves in New Orleans who feared the Voodoo Queen. Marie had once been a hairdresser and knew how the gentry foolishly liked to talk, even about confidential matters. Society women would chat away with Marie the hairdresser as though she were irrelevant, a mere servant. In reality, these silly aristocrats were feeding Marie vital information which she would use later to her advantage. Men, too, readily succumbed to the beguiling Marie. It is believed by some that Marie Laveau once operated a house of prostitution on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, as a rather prosperous side-business. As she became more powerful, she had her spies listening closely in almost ever prestigious home in the city. Marie had many clever methods for recruiting new spies. One trick was to secretly place a Voodoo doll near the front door of her victims, usually the house-servants of distinguished New Orleans homes. The victims, upon discovering the Voodoo doll, would be convinced they were being hexed (by some witch other than Marie), and would run to the Voodoo Queen for help. Marie, also referred to by many locals as the "Bosswoman," would offer to dispel the doll's power if in return the victims would agree to spy for her. Thus Marie could covertly gain knowledge of goings-on within the household where the victims of the Voodoo doll labored. - The Voodoo Queen
I'm sure that her spirit is not happy about the destruction of her beloved city. I would suggest some Government Officials carry some blessed gris-gris with them from now on. "Just in case"


Blogger Jenny said...

Yes I don't understand how people can support war... and yet America is what it is because of war. Because men and women died protecting what they thought was good.

i hate all the evil in the world... i hate violence and bloodshed. but the problem with being a complete pacifist is that violent people will, obviously, kill them all off.

the problem then is finding middle ground between following Christ's way (turn the other cheek) and protecting your self... your country... your family.

it's a dilemma, yup

9/18/2005 02:50:00 AM  
Blogger Sherm said...

Ah yes, thank you for the story. A friend of mine had gotten me a trinket from Marie Laveau's store, or something related to her, when she visited Mardi Gras many years ago. A funky face with a 'boar's tooth' in it. I still have it, yet had forgotten the story. Another friend found it the other day, and recalled it from seven years earlier...


9/19/2005 03:36:00 PM  

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