Born September 10, 1801 d. 1881
American practitioner of Voodoo. Known as the “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.”
Marie Laveau was born free in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.
According to tradition, if someone wanted Laveau to grant them a wish, they had to draw an X on her tomb, turn around three times, knock on the tomb, and yell out their wish. If the wish was granted, they were to come back, circle their X, and leave Laveau an offering. However, the part of the cemetery where she is believed to be entombed is no longer accessible to the public without a guide.
Marie Laveau was said to be a voodoo queen in New Orleans who cured the sick, sold gris-gris bags, summon spirits and at one supposedly changed the course of history for one wealthy young man and his father. But whether her voodoo talents were actually divine powers or merely theatrics to help boost her social standing, is up to you to decide.
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