Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau
For those of you looking to increase your understanding of the mystical art of voodoo I am putting together a series of articles exploring some of the greatest and most powerful practitioners of Voodoun. I begin in New Orleans with Marie Laveau.
Marie Laveau is arguably the most famous Voodoo Priestess in history. Born in 1784 as a free woman much of her history has been mixed and blended with that of her daughter, born of the same name in 1827.
Marie was the daughter of a white doctor and a free Creole woman. She married a Haitian man in 1819 but he died a year later but she remained within the Haitian community and as her powers became more prevalent she in turn became a lady of increased significance within New Orleans.
She specialised in the healing of mysterious illnesses and her fame began to spread. What had begun as work simply for the poor Haitian immigrants soon got her noticed by people in different circles and Marie Laveau soon found herself being courted by wealthy white families, looking for miracle cures to mystery sicknesses of the day. This was a special moment in many ways, not just because it meant the first ‘mainstream’ acceptance of voodoo, it was also a watershed moment for race and gender relations in New Orleans. Not only was a white family actively inviting someone from the coloured community into their house, they were listening, they were acknowledging and bowing to the expertise of this remarkable woman.
Although this is perhaps what she is remembered most fondly for her legacy lived on in her daughter, who, like myself, took the lessons of the previous generations and built upon them to gain access to even greater and higher power. Marie Laveau II built on her mother’s multicultural following and in 1874 performed a series of voodoo rites and rituals on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. So great was the influence and respect these two women held in the community that it is said that over 12 thousand people came to witness the rituals. People from all walks of life brought together by the power of these extraordinary women.
Marie Laveau herself died peacefully in her home on June 16 1881, surrounded by family and many of the people she had influenced and helped throughout her life. She is thought to be buried in a tomb in Saint Louis Cemetery, and the site attracts many visitors to this day, all of whom mark the tomb with ‘XXX’ (illegally it should be said) in the hope that her spirit might grant them one wish. Whether she is truly buried there or not is a question of hot debate but she continues to live on, whether remembered in the bar which bears her name in the French Quarter or in the popular songs and movies that still reference her today, Marie Laveau continues to exert influence and is a powerful reminder of the good that voodoo can impart.
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