Thursday, June 15, 2017

Marie Laveau

Today is the 136th anniversary of New Orleans Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau's death. There's a great deal of mystery around Laveau mainly due to poor record keeping and the fact that she named a few of her daughters Marie. One thing I know is true is that in a time when women of color were relegated to back rooms and ignored at best, Laveau made a name for herself and is still celebrated today. I admire her for that.

In you have the chance to visit New Orleans you'll feel Laveau's presence in the French Quarter. (And really, you must visit New Orleans) True, much of it is hyped-up spookiness, but it's all done with a bit of humor and a great deal of love. Go with the flow and make sure you visit Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo on Bourbon Street for some souvenirs. The shop will be packed with tourists, but it's fun to look around. If New Orleans isn't in your plans in the near future, you can shop online. Here are a few of my favorite items.

Marie Laveau Devotional Banner
Blessed Chicken Feet
Marie Laveau Prayer Card with Medal
Ouija / Spirit Cloth
Voodoo Doll
Skull Tullips T-shirt
The shop is filled with fun things. Spend sometime browsing there. At some point today, make a small offering to Laveau. It can't hurt.

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