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Marie Laveau
Voodoo Queen/ Faith Healer





A Authentic Painting of Marie Laveau ....Courtesy Louisiana State Museum



One of the most popular women in New Orleans history, Marie Laveau, voodoo queen, is also one of the least understood. Myths about her life and death. In fact, there is disagreement even as to where and how she died and where she is buried.

From the writing of local historians two Marie Laveaus emerge; one is a free woman of color born in New Orleans in the mid 1790's. The other is a woman considerably younger than the first and believed to have been the elder Marie's illegitimate daughter. The first Marie Laveau married Jacques Paris, carpenter and free man of color in 1819.



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Marie Laveau ......the video


Several years later she was calling herself widow Paris, although Jacques Paris did not die for a few more years. Meanwhile, she is known to have lived with Christophe Glapion who migrated from Santo Domingo, also a free man of color. Reportedly they had fifteen children. In 1827 a daughter was born, named Marie Laveau Paris (carrying her mother's widowed name). Her father is unknown.

Marie Laveau and her daughter were said to look remarkably alike, with regal bearing, black curly hair, golden skin, and a penetrating look in their eyes. Both were quadroons and worked as hairdressers for a trade.

They both also reportedly performed voodoo rituals and dispensed voodoo curses and cures. As the elder Marie Laveau began to fade from the voodoo scene in pre-Civil War New Orleans, her daughter is believed to have stepped in and taken over as voodoo queen. Since the daughter looked and acted so much like her mother, people who didn't know about the relationship believed that Marie Laveau had magical powers of eternal youthfulness.


The Birth of VooDoo.... The Video

It would be the daughter who was the famed magical woman ruling over voodoo ceremonies during their hey day in New Orleans in the 1850s.


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