One meaning assigned to voodoo, 'being in a trance,' is in part derived from the lack of proper burial for slaves, which was believed to result in restless souls or the walking dead, also called zombies or plat-eyes. In New Orleans, the spirits of deceased ancestors are carefully protected through common rituals such as jazz funerals, featuring brassy bands and a 'second line' of paraders in top hats and umbrellas.
At the Voodoo Spiritual Temple on N Rampart St in the French Quarter, Priestess Miriam Chamani primarily practices spiritual healing rituals based on Afrocentric American Voodooism. Her temple promotes neither white nor black magic, but instead focuses on 'true spiritual power for friendly people.' She continues a tradition established by her New Orleans ancestors, Dr John (the voodoo practitioner from the 1820s, not the contemporary musician), Marie Laveau and Leafy Anderson. Drop by the small storefront temple to chat, pick up books on the occult or check out the small collection of art and artifacts from around the world.
Also in the French Quarter, look for the Historic Voodoo Museum on Dumaine St. Half market, half museum, it's a one-stop shop for all you need to get your mojo risin' and keep it there. Whether it's gris-gris you're needing for grandma's arthritis or a *** doll to stop your man from running around on you, this is your place. The museum is only worth visiting when it's uncrowded and a guide is available to talk about the potions, rituals and people, since the exhibits are not self explanatory.
New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum.
Learn about zombies and ancestor worship! The museum is dedicated to Marie Laveau, the New Orleans voodoo queen. Visit the gift shop to stock up on voodoo dolls, love potions and money powder!
A museum that explains the extensive influence and practice of Voodoo among the people of New Orleans. New Orleans was the home of what most people consider the most powerful voodoo practitioner, Marie Laveau. She was a devout Christian and voodoo popess in the 1800's.
New Orleans Cemetery #1 - This is a picture of Marie Louveau's tomb. See the travelogue for more info!
This is the cemetery where Marie Louveau is buried, as well as part of the Locoul family (see the travelogue about Laura Plantation to learn more about the Locoul's).
Visiting the Voodoo Museum. Voodoo is part of the city history and this is one of the places you can hear all about it.
The best souvenir shop in New Orleans!! They have got some bizarre things in this store....of course, a HUGE tourist trap, but you can buy some interesting souvenirs and it's not too expensive!
A historical landmark. Not everyday that I hear about voodoo stuff so it was interesting to me. Good place for souvenirs, but can be pricey.
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