021 Marie Laveau

Marie Laveau Portrait

In Ghostly’s twenty-first episode, Pat and Rebecca explore Marie Laveau, the original Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Born in 1801, she was known for her charity work and voodoo magic. Everyone in New Orleans knew who to go to for mojo bags and spells to fix their problems. But her legend didn’t die with her death in 1881. Ever since her death, Laveau has been seen all around New Orleans, at her home, at her tomb, and on the streets. Does Marie Laveau still haunt New Orleans?

Marie Laveau's Tomb Photo by Patrick Harrington
Marie Laveau’s Tomb Photo by Patrick Harrington

Questions explored in this episode:

Who was Marie Laveau in life? How did she practice voodoo? Why was she called the Voodoo Queen? What is voodoo and how does it work? What charity work did Marie Laveau do? Who was Marie Laveau II? Where is Marie Laveau buried? Does her spirit grant wishes to those that mark her tomb? Does her spirit visit her grave in the form of a crow or a black mass? What are the stories of those who have seen her? Does Marie Laveau haunt New Orleans?

After the poll results, listen to Rebecca tell a ghost story inspired by Marie Laveau’s spirit.

Then, listen to hear Pat give the history of voodoo and Marie Laveau. He also reveals some of his own history with spellcraft and voodoo.

Time for the debate! Rebecca shares evidence of Marie Laveau’s spirit and how it haunts the city of New Orleans. Some say she comes in the form of a crow. Others say she grants wishes to those who mark her tomb with an X and follow the right rituals. Some report seeing her figure around her tomb, her old home, or even the streets or stores around town. Finally, there are stories of her spirit as a black mass hovering over her home and grave. Listen to Pat’s response to these claims as well as Pat and Rebecca’s rating of each piece of evidence.

Be sure to stay for the whole episode to hear the “Closing Arguments” to help you make your choice before voting.

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Also included in this episode are, as always, poll results from our previous episode on the Eastland Disaster. (Check out the episode here if you haven’t had a chance to listen yet).

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Sources for this week’s episode:
https://seeksghosts.blogspot.com/2013/05/new-orleans-most-infamous-ghost.html
http://www.hauntedneworleanstours.com/oldneworleans/marielaveau/
http://national-paranormal-society.org/ghost-marie-laveau/
http://theweeklychallenger.com/marie-laveau-the-voodoo-queen-of-new-orleans/
http://hauntednation.blogspot.com/2016/09/inn-on-st-anne-new-orleans-la-home-of.html
https://www.noirnnola.com/post/2017/10/26/my-queens-do-voodoo-the-legacy-of-marie-laveau
https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/The-Ghost-Of-Marie-Laveau
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Marie-Laveau
https://allthatsinteresting.com/marie-laveau
http://www.womenhistoryblog.com/2012/07/marie-laveau.html

Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: Dream Images (Love-Death Music) by George Crumb
Bumper: Ghost Waltz by Lowell Liebermann

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