Power Washing and Cement on Marie Laveau’s Tomb, Please No!

Marie Laveau's tomb detail, before the damage and questionable restoration. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

The Times-Picayune is reporting that the pressure washing of the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau started on Thursday (Jan 2). The tomb is being restored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Times-Picayune article reports that the non profit group Save Our Cemeteries is saying that there were "chips of brick and plaster from the tomb all over the ground." This is the second most visited grave in the United States, a sacred site for thousands of Voodoo and Vodou devotees, as well as other … [Read more...]

Vodou Serpent Simbi Slithers Between the Living and the Dead

Three Kings, Sun, Moon, and Star by Lilith Dorsey

Simbi is a Haitian Vodou Snake Lwa whose realm is magic, mystery and communication. January 6, the feast of the Epiphany, is the traditional time for honoring this Lwa or God. The Simbi snakes are said to reside in the trees, descending to the earth to deliver their divine magic to the world. Like the serpent of Biblical legend, this snake too has great wisdom and power. In the modern world Simbi has taken on the domain of technology. With lightning speed this Vodou spirit carries knowledge via … [Read more...]

Marie Laveau’s Tomb is Pink: Shame, Shame, Shame!

Pink Marie Laveau's Tomb.Photo by Dorothy Morrison, copyright 2013. All rights reserved.

 Marie Laveau's Tomb has stood the test of time. It has seen flood, violence, disrespect, haters, and now someone has painted it pink. Marie Laveau's Tomb is a shrine to Voodoo practitioners around the globe, a mecca if you will, that is the second most visited grave in the United States. Marie Laveau is New Orleans Voodoo Queen. Immortalized in story and song, she was said to have possessed immense power which lives on through her spirit today.The grave is a site for visitors … [Read more...]

The Horrors of American Horror Story Coven: A Voodoo Priestess’ Perspective

Dr. John and Lilith Dorsey at Krewe du Vieux 2010

 There is a show on FX TV....Full of fluff about Wicca n Voodoo.It will be the ruin of those poor producers,I hope they don't think they've won. No I'm only kidding. I'm not hexing them. I just like filk, it's like mental floss. But, I've held my forked Voodoo tongue long enough. We are about halfway through the latest season of AHS Coven. Angela Basset is beaming with the fact her Marie Laveau performance has been rated in the top five of her career. The season … [Read more...]

The Real Voodoo Queen: Marie Laveau

Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau's Tomb, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Photo by Lilith Dorsey.

Queen Marie Laveau of New Orleans Voodoo, the divine lady that started the spiritual revolution.There may have been other Voodoo priestesses before her in the city of New Orleans, but there was no one like Marie Laveau, except maybe her daughter, but I will explain that later. This legendary woman was said to do everything from providing psychic consultations for Queen Victoria to concocting psychedelic gumbo for inmates sentenced to hang in the gallows. She was the first woman to hold open … [Read more...]

Gumbo is Gumbo: The Enmeshment of N.O. Voodoo Performance and Ritual

Offerings left at the possible site of Marie Laveau's tomb, St. Louis cemetery No. 1.

Performance and ritual, these entities can be as far apart or as close together as one's vision. The earliest written records of Voodoo Ceremonies in New Orleans are in the Times Picayune. They describe scantily clad rites that are both scary and sinful. Oh mainstream media, is it a guarantee that they miss the point? In the early to mid 1800's these public ceremonies were run by legendary Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Accurate or not, the earliest historical record of public rites are primarily … [Read more...]

Congo Squared Redux

Grave in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

 The following is a spoken word piece I wrote after my initial post-Katrina visit to New Orleans. The words ring as true today as they then. Just in case you were wondering, yes a tour guide did indeed comment on me and my friend while we were drumming and dancing in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and call us a “supposed” voodoo ritual. I laughed out loud. It’s the 21st century now, not the 19th but the ghosts of the Crescent City still whisper. After Katrina the spirit still floats. The trees of t … [Read more...]


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