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It was not until the 1930s that Louisiana Voodoo went underground when New Orleans became a major tourist destination. The slave trade brought the African belief in spirits and when the slaves got to New Orleans it was not long before the African Voodoo and the Roman Catholic Church mixed to become Louisiana Voodoo.
And then along came the Voodoo Queens like Marie Laveau who was known as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. It is said that before long it became known that Marie Laveau was the strongest ever of the Voodoo Queens and Marie Laveau conducted private rituals behind her house on St Ann's street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
It was Marie Laveau who encouraged her followers to attend Catholic Mass and it was Marie Laveau who mixed Catholic traditions and beliefs into her Voodoo to make it uniquely Louisiana Voodoo.
Even today devout voodoo followers travel to Marie Laveau's tomb to try to get a favor from the Voodoo Queen herself. Marie Laveau was a devout Catholic up to the time of her death. Ever since her death people have claimed to see Marie Laveau walking through the French Quarter of New Orleans and though she is not a saint there has recently been a movement especially in New Orleans to have Marie Laveau declared a Saint. It may be hard for most people to believe but more people visit Marie Laveau's grave than that of the King Elvis Presley.
Grass grows out of the top of the tomb of Marie Laveau but tens of thousands visit her tomb every year. In fact more people visit the tomb of Marie Laveau each year than visit the grave site of Elvis Presley. People leave offerings , voodoo statues , and more at the tomb of Marie Laveau and some people claim Marie Laveau will never be truly dead. Over the years since her death many people have claimed to see her. Voodoo practitioners often claim that Marie Laveau appears at their voodoo celebrations. Many people place three crosses on the tomb of Marie Laveau for luck.
And many people especially those in New Orleans will tell you that Voodoo is very real. It is up to you to believe what you will believe. And also up to you whether you believe the ghost of Marie Laveau still walks the streets of the French Quarter. What I can tell you is that Marie Laveau had more influence on Louisiana Voodoo than anyone else in history.
Do you know that their have even been claims made by some people that Marie Laveau is a vampire and that she still lives in the French Quarter of New Orleans today.Thousands of times after the reported death of Marie Laveau there have been reported sightings of her. Most people who see her say that she is solid and that she disappears with a quickness. That in its self describes a vampire not a ghost.
Simple Voodoo Spells.
1. You can harm a person by getting some of the persons hair you wish to harm and burning the hair.
2. You can give someone a headache by turning a picture you have of that person upside down. The magic will be much stronger if you have an item that belongs to that person.
3. If a woman's husband dies and you do not want the widow to remarry you must cut her former husbands shoes up into small pieces and burn them.
4. If you are a woman you can make sure that your husband always stays true to you by placing a drop or two of your blood in his coffee with out him knowing you have done it.
5. You can give your neighbor bad luck by burning some hair from a black cat and sprinkling salt from your house to hers. It will also work on a man.
6. You can keep voodoo magic from working on you by wearing a small amount of blessed holy water in a very small bottle around your neck. Also try sleeping with a small blessed bible beneath your pillow at night.
7. Don't shake a tablecloth out outdoors after the sun has gone down or some one in your family will die.
8. What ever you do don't sweep trash out your door after dark. If you do your good luck will go with it.
9. No matter what you do don't borrow or loan salt. It is very bad luck to do so.
10. If you lay your broom across the doorway at night witches or evil spirits can not enter your house. Lay a line of white beans across the doorways to keep away vampires. If you can get the beans blessed by a priest in good standing.
The Voodoo Doll was used to bless objects or people with rather than to practice evil magic or bring them pain by sticking a pin in a voodoo doll.
You can hang water inside a plastic bag with a bit of cotton attached to keep evil spirits and common house flies out of your house. Just attach a bit of cotton to a bag of water with glue and hang it up above your front and back door. And believe it or not but it will keep common house flies out of your house.
Did you know that the Catholic Church and Voodoo practitioners get along well in New Orleans and much of the rest of the deep south. It is Protestants not Catholics that want to rid the world of voodoo.
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