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The Ghost Of Marie Laveau

Updated on October 26, 2010
Marie Laveau was the most famous Voodoo Queen ever in New Orleans and there are even some people who make the claim that she is an immortal one , a vampire and that she still lives in New Orleans.
Marie Laveau was the most famous Voodoo Queen ever in New Orleans and there are even some people who make the claim that she is an immortal one , a vampire and that she still lives in New Orleans. | Source
Tomb of Marie Laveau, St. Louis Cemetery 1, New Orleans
Tomb of Marie Laveau, St. Louis Cemetery 1, New Orleans | Source

The Ghost Of Marie Laveau

Marie Laveau is the most infamous of all the Voodoo Queens of New Orleans. There is not much debate about her birth which is said to have happened on September 10th , 1794 and while her tomb in St Louis Cemetery Number 1 in New Orleans says she died on June 16 , 1881 but there are many who will debate you on that date and some even believe that Marie Laveau is a immortal , a vampire and that she is still alive living in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It is interesting to note here that it was widely known that Marie Laveau was born a free woman and was never a slave. It is said that she was born in the French Quarter of New Orleans and she was the daughter of a white planter and a free creole woman.

It is not known if her mother was a voodoo practitioner but it is said that her grandmother on her mothers side was a voodoo practitioner and it was from her that Marie Laveau learned how to be a voodoo practitioner and later a voodoo queen. It is said that early on there was something very different about Marie Laveau. It is said that she even brought a young white girl of a rich white planter back to life after she had been in the family tomb for five days. for doing this she was given a cow. While the story is very interesting we don't know if it is true or not. It is however also reported that she could bring life back to dead cats. Quite a feat if true.

On August 4th 1819 she married Jacques Paris a free man of color in the present day St Louis Cathedral and their marriage license is still on file. There were no children born to Paris and Marie however and in 1820 Paris died in strange and unusual circumstances. Just before his death it is said he caught and ate a frog and before sun up the next day he died screaming and begging for God to have mercy on his soul. It was reported by some people at the time that Marie Laveau had told her husband Paris to eat the frog so they would have children.

It was after the death of her husband Paris that Marie Laveau became a hairdresser to wealthy people in the French Quarter. At this time Marie took a lover Christophe Glapion who she lived with as husband and wife until his death in 1835. It was well documented that they had fifteen children. Glapion was alive and happy at supper and was dead before breakfast on the morning of December 1 , 1835. There was a rumor around the French Quarter that Marie Laveau had tired of Glapion and was tired of having child after child and so she poisoned him. But Laveau was never charged or questioned about the death of Glapion at least not officially anyway. Marie Laveau who incidentally was also a good practicing Catholic had 15 children in 15 years.

The House of Marie Laveau on St Ann's Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
The House of Marie Laveau on St Ann's Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. | Source

The Ghost Of Marie Laveau

Above is the cottage of Marie Laveau and it is still in much the same shape it was when Marie Laveau and her children lived there. It is here that the ghost of Marie Laveau is most often seen. As are the ghosts of her black cat Henri , and her big red rooster. The black cat is often seen laying on the porch but it will vanish as soon as you approach it. The rooster is often seen pecking around in the yard of the cottage or standing on the porch of the cottage but if you approach it then the rooster vanishes.The rooster has even been seen to perch on the roof of the cottage and crow. When people walk closer for a photo there is no rooster.

A strange black mist is often spotted above the roof of the cottage and when it is seen some people claim to smell a burning smell and the smell of sulfur. There have even been claims that it is the devil himself appearing there because Marie Laveau accidentally left open a door to the other side. It is interesting to note here that Marie Laveau was all her life a practicing Catholic and a Voodoo Queen. Louisiana Voodoo is a mixture of voodoo and Catholicism. Catholics in Louisiana accept Voodoo and Voodoo Practitioners accept Catholics.

People often visit the tomb of Marie Laveau in St Louis Cemetery Number 1 and mark three crosses on her tomb trying to get a favor from Marie Laveau. Once a favor is granted they often leave gifts of flowers and fruit at her tomb. Marie Laveau's ghost is quite often spotted in front of her tomb. Other people claim to see a large over size crow setting on top of her tomb. The crow is most often seen near sunset and sunup.

The Inscription On The Tomb Of Marie Laveau
The Inscription On The Tomb Of Marie Laveau | Source

The Ghost Of Marie Laveau

Marie Laveau earned money by selling charms and gris gris. Gris gris are small bags full of magical substances. It is also believed she used catholic symbols in her voodoo ceremonies to bridge the gap between Catholics and voodoo. She is quite often spotted among the stores on Rampart street and people who have seen her say she walks along with out really touching the ground. She is often spotted around the french Quarter and you know you have seen her when she simply walks into a wall and vanishes.

Just after Hurricane Katrina the ghost of Marie Laveau was spotted often around her former cottage on St Ann's street. Several people reported seeing her setting on her porch crying. She was most likely crying for the city she loved. Many times in the French Quarter people have met a black lady carrying a basket of gris gris and after they have bought a gris gris or charm from them she introduces herself as Marie Laveau.

What do you think about the ghost of Marie Laveau? Post your questions or comments below about Marie Laveau. And thanks for reading my hub page about Marie Laveau.

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      Tresie Lopez 

      3 years ago

      I love this well written article.

      I some day hope to visit New Orleans just to have the pleasure of visiting Queen Marie's home.

      It would be an honor to see her or even speak with her even if it's just a 3 to 5 minute conversation.

      I feel that if any person with bad vibe's of bad luck that has a positive and true soul should visit the home or grave of Madam Marie , who knows, she might have pity upon them and grant them a positive wishes to come true.

      Spirit's are amongst us.

      Some go on into the after life. And some stay with us for ever to complete unfinished business. Which ever it may be.

      Let's show Madam Marie all the respect for she is and always will be The one and only Beautiful true Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.

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      3 years ago

      Louisiana Catholics DO NOT accept voodoo. Voodoo practitioners eventually incorporated Catholic traditions due to the large French Catholic influence at the time. Do your research before writing stuff like this!

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      Thomas Byers 

      6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks Shyron. Yes it is aid that she was poisoned. Possibly by one of her competitors.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I think Marie was poisoned in the book that I had. It was really interesting and you could visualize her life, the book was that well written.

      Great hub Tom. Voted up and sharing.

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      6 years ago


    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes I never loan important books because I never get them back.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      I had a book about Marie, and loaned it to a friend. Never loan a book to a friend and expect to get it back.

      Voted up and interesting

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      Parks McCants 

      7 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Well written presentation. Thank you. Voted up!

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      8 years ago

      I believe that some of tis is true because I have been keeping a secret from a family member regarding her birth. It has been said that her mother died during childbirth and after she came out frogs and toads continued to come out of her mother until she died. They say that this was a curse brought on by my family member's mother having had sex with a married man who was her father, It has been said that it was his jelous wife who put the curse on her mother.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      8 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      CrazyHorsesGhost, awesome hub! I love to read about historical figures, especially if there is a paranormal aspect to it. I do believe the spirit of Marie Laveau still wanders around the places she so loved. I is quite common (my belief) that people who had strong passions, character, and influence in life, linger on for their own reasons. It is as if they feel they still have important work to do here on Earth.

      I love that picture of Marie at the top. Beautiful portrait.

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      8 years ago

      Dear CrazyHorseGhost<

      Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

      I once had a spontaneous vision of a somewhat disreputable-looking black man who introduce himself as "Havana Jack". He just showed up in astral vision one night while I was at work and claimed to be one of my "spirit guides". After looking him over carefully, my impression was that he was simply confused, so I thanked him and replied that I believed I had all the spiritual guidance I needed already. He also claimed that he had come to New Orleans from Havana, Cuba and had worked for Mamzelle as one of her drummers. I have my doubts, but that last claim accounts for my mentioning the encounter here. Now, I have no way of knowing whether this was a valid psychic visitation or a product of my own imagination, though I have never been a Voudonsi, so I don't know why I would imagine one in the restaurant kitchen where I worked at the time. He told me that I must write a poem about Mamzelle and I did scribble down a few verses just to be careful not to offend anyone, but I never published them or kept them, and my memory of them is pretty hazy now.

      It was an interesting experience at the very least, though I have no clue as to its validity, meaning or benefit.

      With love under will,

      Bob, Adastra,

      The Wizzard of Jacksonville


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