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PostSubject: THe Great Marie LAveau   Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:17 pm

A very neat article about Voodoo-Hoodoo queen and one pf the most powerful magick practittioners that world have ever seen . I found this article on

Marie Laveau (September 10, 1801 – June 16, 1881) was a Louisiana Creole practitioner of Voudou renowned in New Orleans. She was born free in New Orleans.

Her daughter Marie Laveau II (1827-c.1895) also practiced Voudou, and accounts confuse the two women. She and her mother had great influence over their multiracial following. "In 1874 as many as twelve thousand spectators, both black and white, swarmed to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain to catch a glimpse of Marie Laveau II performing her legendary rites on St. John's Eve (June 23-24)."[1]

Marie I was believed to have been born free in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana about 1801, the daughter of a white planter and a free Creole woman of color. On August 4, 1819 she married Jacques (or Santiago, in other records) Paris, a free person of color who had emigrated from Haiti.[2] Their marriage certificate is preserved in Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. Jacques Paris died in 1820 under unexplained circumstances. He was part of a large Haitian immigration to New Orleans in 1809 after the Haitian Revolution of 1804. New immigrants consisted of French-speaking white planters and thousands of slaves, as well as free people of color. Those with African ancestry helped revive Voudou and other African-based cultural practices in the New Orleans community, and the Creole of color community increased markedly.

[edit] Career
After Paris' death, Marie Laveau became a hairdresser who catered to wealthy white families. She took a lover, Christophe (Louis Christophe Dumesnil de) Glapion, with whom she lived in a common-law marriage until his death in 1835. They were reported to have fifteen children, including Marie Laveau II, born c. 1827, who sometimes used the surname "Paris" after her mother's first husband.[2]

Very little is known with any certainty about the life of Marie Laveau. Her surviving daughter had the same name and is called Marie Laveau II by some historians. Scholars believe that the mother was more powerful, while the daughter arranged more elaborate public events (including inviting attendees to St. John's Eve rituals on Bayou St. John). They received varying amounts of financial support. It is not known which (if not both) had most established the voodoo queen reputation.

Of Laveau's magical career, little that is definite can be said. She was said to have had a snake she named Zombi after an African god. Oral traditions suggested that the occult part of her magic mixed Roman Catholic beliefs, including saints, with African spirits and religious concepts. Some scholars believe that her feared magical powers were actually based on her network of informants in households of the prominent, which she developed while working as a hairdresser. Some assert that she owned her own brothel and also developed informants that way. She appeared to excel at obtaining inside information on her wealthy patrons by instilling fear in their servants whom she "cured" of mysterious ailments.

On June 16, 1881, the New Orleans newspapers announced that Marie Laveau had died. This is noteworthy if only because people also claimed to see her in town after her supposed demise. Again, some claimed that one of her daughters also named Marie (many of the daughters had Marie within their names due to Catholic naming practices) assumed her name and carried on her magical practice, taking over as the queen near or after the first Marie's death.

According to official New Orleans vital records, a certain Marie Glapion Lavau died on June 15, 1881, aged 98.[3] The different spelling of the last name as well as the age at death may result from the casual 19th century approach to spelling and conflicting accounts of Laveau's birth.

The folk rite of pettition

Marie Laveau was reportedly buried in Saint Louis Cemetery #1 in New Orleans in the Glapion family crypt. (See External Links below for clickable tomb map.) This fact is in dispute, according to Robert Tallant, a journalist who has used her as a character in historical novels.[4] The tomb continues to attract visitors who draw three x's (XXX) on its side, in the hopes that Laveau's spirit will grant them a wish. Others state Laveau is buried in other tombs, but they may be confusing the resting places of other voodoo priestesses of New Orleans. After the pettition is stated and the xxx marked a single candle is lit to laveau and a gift is left in forms of foods flowers and simmilar .Once the wish is granted the petitioner will come again and give another offering and lt another candle

The resting place of Laveau
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