Many feared her, loved her or listened to her advice. Shortly after their marriage, Jacques disappeared, and eventually he was declared dead; some sources claim that he did not die, but merely deserted his family. Laveau appears as a supporting character in the Night Huntress novels by Jeaniene Frost as a powerful ghoul still living in New Orleans in the 21st century. You can use your imagination and the images that have been planted in our minds by modern cinema, to picture what exactly went on during these ceremonies. This act greatly outraged religious citizens. John). [3] Of Laveau's magical career, there is little that can be substantiated, including whether or not she had a snake she named Zombi after an African god, whether the occult part of her magic mixed Roman Catholic saints with African spirits and Native American Spiritualism, or whether her divinations were supported by a network of informants she developed while working as a hairdresser in prominent white households. It is said that Marie’s great-grandmother came to New Orleans as a slave from West Africa in the mid-1700s. Like her mother, Madame Laveau had Choctaw, Creole, and Catholic beliefs. After a brief marriage to another free part-black, Laveau entered into what would be a thirty-year relationship with a white Lousiana man with a noble French background, Cristophe Glapion. She is believed to have died by drowning in Lake Pontchartrain in a storm in 1897. By the mid-1800s Congo Square had become more than a market, it was a community center for New Orleans people of color.

Marie was growing older, and with her daughter’s likeness to her, they would lead the community to believe that Marie Laveau wasn’t aging. Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. By using Learn Religions, you accept our. Laveau was able to rise to such a prominent position in New Orleans through a combination of her strong personality, charity works, and natural flair for theatrics.

Ina J. Fandrich says in The Birth of New Orleans' Voodoo Queen: A Long-Held Mystery Resolved that: While it is entirely possible that some of her divinatory knowledge was based upon an extensive network of informants positioned as servants in wealthy households, everyone believed in Marie's abilities.

Perhaps there was Voodoo woven through her faith and service.

She was drawn to religion after the death of her mother.

Much of what is believed about the priestess today is a blend of stories about mother and daughter. Marguerite gave birth to Marie at her mother, Ms. Catherine’s home, and then returned to her relationship leaving her baby girl with her mother. In July of 1869, a local news column reported, “June is the time devoted by the Voodoo worshippers to the celebration of their most sacred and therefore most revolting rites.” The writer goes on to describe “midnight dances, bathing, and eating, together with less innocent pleasures…” There is an interesting little mention in the article where the writer announces the retirement of Marie Laveau. Her grave, located in the well-known St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Cemetery. Visit New Orleans and take a Cemetery or Ghost Tour and you will undoubtedly hear about Marie Laveau’s followers and her mysterious gatherings in Congo Square. Nevertheless, Vodou held a strong presence in New Orleans throughout the centuries, and Vodou ceremonies and activities took place at various sites around the city. [8] Tourists continue to visit and some draw X marks in accordance with a decades-old tradition that if people wanted Laveau to grant them a wish, they had to draw an X on the tomb, turn around three times, knock on the tomb, yell out their wish, and if it was granted, come back, circle their X, and leave Laveau an offering. She was a proud woman who carried herself confidently and was by all definitions, an entrepreneur. There is the theory that she trained under the guidance of Sanité Dédé and Marie Saloppé. She is the protagonist of such novels as Robert Tallant's The Voodoo Queen (1956); Francine Prose's eponymous Marie Laveau (1977); and Jewell Parker Rhodes' Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau (1993).

Surely the folks in the French Quarter saw her continue with her routines over the decades.

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Anyone who’s lived in Louisiana has probably heard of voodoo practices being popular in the state, especially around New Orleans. Carolyn Morrow Long writes in her book, A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau, “I can only conjecture that the second Marie Laveau, successor to the Queen of Voudous, must have been some other woman who, although unidentified and undocumented in the archival record, lived in the famous cottage on St. Ann during the later decades of the nineteenth century.” Marie II, another mystery that surrounds the enigmatic life of Marie Laveau. Vodou is actually a Fon word that means “spirit” or “deity.” Vodou was transported to the United States during the transatlantic slave trade. [2] She was the biological daughter of Charles Trudeau, a mulatto grocery store owner and illegitimate son of Charles Laveau Trudeau, a surveyor and politician, and her mother was Marguerite Henry (also known as Marguerite D'Arcantel), a free woman of color who was of Choctaw Native American, African and French descent. Marie Laveau will always be a central figure in the history of New Orleans.

These favors ranged from those concerning love to political influence. Carolyn Morrow Long: A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau, 2018. [7] Their marriage certificate is preserved in the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. [13] "Laveau was said to have traveled the streets like she owned them" said one New Orleans boy who attended an event at St.

Laveau was a devoted Catholic all her life, and to her voodoo was not incompatible with her Catholic faith. The Real Story Of Marie Laveau, New Orleans’ Witchy Voodoo Queen. But documents show that by 1822 Marie and Jacques were living on Dauphine Street between Dumaine and St Philip. Marie Laveau voodoo priestess - scanned 1886 engraving. [5], Although some references to Marie Laveau in popular culture refer to her as a "witch," she has also been called a "Voudou Priestess"[21], and she is frequently described as a 'Voodoo queen'. Marie Laveau was a trailblazer for all women, her strong convictions and loyal confidentiality have kept her a mysterious legend for centuries. Marie Catherine Laveau was born in New Orleans' famous French Quarter in September 1801 to Marguerite Henry D'Arcantel, a free woman of color. It is believed that Marie Laveau was born in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Congo Square is just a short walk over Rampart St. from the Laveau-Glapion house on St. Ann. [11] They had seven children according to birth and baptismal records, they were François-Auguste Glapion, Marie-Louise "Caroline" Glapion, Marie-Angelie Paris, Celestin Albert Glapion, Arcange Glapion, Felicite Paris, Marie-Philomene Glapion, and Marie-Heloise Eucharist Glapion[9], Marie Laveau is confirmed to have owned at least seven slaves during her lifetime. This change was made by the Archdiocese of New Orleans to protect the tombs of the Laveau family as well as those of the many other dead interred there. [24] She is depicted as a powerful sorceress and Voodoo priestess with great magical powers and knowledge of arcane lore, including the creation of a potion made from vampire's blood that keeps her eternally youthful and beautiful.

The mother of Hazel Levesque, one of the characters from Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus book series, was known as "Queen Marie," a famous fortune-teller who lived in New Orleans. The Voodoo Queen's grave in its messy open-access days. The Creole cottage on St. Ann would continue to be the home of Marie Laveau, Christophe Glapion, and their family until the end of the 19th century. It is important to note that the practice of Vodou in New Orleans is not the purest manifestation of Vodou as it was known in Dahomey. Some historical preservation experts criticized the decision by officials of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, who maintain the cemetery, for their decision to use pressure washing rather than paint stripper to remove it. Some documents indicate that she was born in 1794, while other research supports 1801 as the year of her birth. [citation needed], Laveau has offered inspiration for a number of fictional characters as well.
[12], Marie Laveau was a dedicated practitioner of Voodoo, as well as a healer and herbalist.

On August 4, 1819, a young Marie Laveau married Jacques Paris, a free person of color from Haiti, at St. Louis Cathedral. Unfortunately, the records on Marie Angelie and Felicite stop there. It was probably the work of this small percentage of people that was sensationalized by people outside of the religion. On June 15, 1881, Marie Laveau died peacefully in her cottage on St. Ann Street just a few months shy of her 80th birthday. Marie Philomene Glapion, born a “free quadroon” in 1836, lived the longest of the children. And like the Sunday Congo Square celebrations, St. John’s Eve ceremonies were supposedly lead by Marie Laveau.

Unfortunately, not all visitors are respectful, and there have been countless acts of vandalism to her tomb. African religion was brought to New Orleans, first by the initial group of enslaved Africans from western Africa. She is generally believed to have been buried in plot 347, the Glapion family crypt in Saint Louis Cemetery No. It is here that legends talk about her singing and performing her spiritual celebrations, conjuring the Great Serpent Spirit and becoming filled with the spirit of loa, wearing her Queen of Voodoo crown, proudly.


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