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Vibe the Voodoo at Marie Laveau's Tomb in New Orleans

Published by Katie Cappello, Writer

Country: United States

The Experience

Need a little magic in your life? Marie Laveau, the infamous voodoo priestess of New Orleans, is happy to help. The toast of the town during the 1800s, Marie Laveau was honored as a powerful voodoo practitioner who could bring love and luck to those who paid her price. She shocked the genteel with her lavish performances, and it was rumored that she could appear in multiple places at the same time. Even death had a hard time taming Marie, and when her passing was announced in the New Orleans newspaper, people still reported seeing her, or her ghost, passing through the streets of the French Quarter. Some say her voodoo powers continue to this day.

As you enter St. Louis Cemetery #1, where Marie Laveau's tomb purportedly is, you will notice drawers installed into the six-foot-thick whitewashed walls. These drawers are actually tombs, able to fit one body at a time. Because New Orleans sits below sea level, the deceased must be buried above ground.

It is recommended that you take a New Orleans cemetery tour with a guide, as St. Louis Cemetery #1 is not located in a tourist-friendly part of town. A great guide will regale you will stories of zombies rising from the soggy swamp.

Your guide will also be able to direct you to Marie Laveau's tomb. If you are on your own, look for the Glapion family tomb marked with triple X's. Most likely, candles in powerful voodoo colours like white, red and black, will line the tomb, along with cigars, voodoo dolls, flowers, and other offerings. If you feel so inclined, ask Marie for help with a problem—whether it is making money, finding love, or hurting an enemy— and stack three pennies on her tomb as payment for her services. But be careful what you wish for; the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau is always listening.




When to Go to Marie Laveau Tomb

Though the St. Louis Cemetery is old, it is still in use today. Tombs act like ovens, which makes a visit in the summer less appealing. The best time of the year to visit Marie Laveau's grave is in the cooler months of winter, fall, and spring.

Odds n' Ends

New Orleans cemetery tours can cost anywhere from $10 to $20 per person. Dress for a day of walking, which in New Orleans always includes an umbrella; and don't forget to bring the three pennies to pay Marie.

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