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St. John's Eve- Voodoo Ritual
St. John's Eve- Voodoo Ritual

New Orleans Voodoo

The Voodoo That New Orleans Can Do

Synonymous with New Orleans, voodoo first came to Louisiana with enslaved West Africans, who merged their religious rituals and practices with those of the local Catholic population. Voodoo was bolstered when followers fleeing Haiti after the 1791 slave revolt moved to New Orleans and grew as many freed people of color made its practice an important part of their culture. Voodoo queens and kings were spiritual and political figures of power in 1800s New Orleans and none were more famous than Marie Laveau (1794-1881), a legendary practioner buried in St. Louis Cemetery No.1. Today gris-gris dolls, potions and talismans are still found in stores and homes throughout the city – a reminder of the New Orleans fascination with spirits, magic and mystery.

Cheryl Gerber
Voodoo Authentica