Episode 101: Marie Laveau, Voodoo Queen, Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

Somewhere between the bayou and the Bywater; somewhere between Congo Square and the Cathedral; somewhere between Bourbon Street brochures and Big Chief’s secrets, between what you imagine the Crescent City to be and what you cannot even imagine, hiding in Pirate’s Alley, or buried in St Louis No 1, through wrought iron and sweet jasmine, clinging to a long, low note from a clarinet… yes, somewhere down yonder in New Orleans, there is Marie Laveau, and she is somewhere between the lady and the legend. Join us this week as we discuss the history of Voodoo in Louisiana, its reputation and evolution, as well as crimes which have been erroneously linked to the practice. Of course, we could not talk about New Orleans Voodoo without mentioning Queen Marie Laveau, and her place in the history of the city. We are so excited to share a little of our local lore with you on this special episode of Just A Story!


Ep 101


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Voodoo and Power The Politics of Religion in New Orleans, 1881-1940 by Kodi A. Roberts

Culture Watch: A return to Congo Square – NOLA

NOLA History: Congo Square and the Roots of New Orleans Music

Congo Square: Mythology and Music – New Orleans Historical

The Invention of a Memory: Congo Square and African Music in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans Ted Widmer Revue française d’études américaines

The ‘Voodoo’ Murders of Clementine Barnabet, Who Claimed to Have Killed 35 People – Mental Floss

Haunting of the Rampart Street Murder House: Voodoo, Dismemberment, and Possession in New Orleans – Week in Weird

Dark Bayou: Infamous Louisiana Homicides By Alan G. Gauthreaux, D.G. Hippensteel

Axes of Evil: The True Story of the Ax-Man Murders By Todd C. Elliott

Zora and The Hunt for Hoodoo in New Orleans – Deep South

St Expeditus – Catholic Online

In Voodoo’s survival, a tale of black resilience – Al Jazerra

Hoodoo in America Zora Hurston The Journal of American Folklore

Death of Marie Laveau – Picayune 1881

The dead voodoo queen: The New York Times (1881)

The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum – Smithsonian

Dr John Mantanee – A New Orleans Voodoo Grimoire

Dr. John Montanee: Father of New Orleans Voudou – Conjure Doctors

Repair of Marie Laveau’s tomb to take months, potential suspect attempted to paint another tomb one month ago

Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau By Martha Ward

Federal Writers Project Collection – NSU Libraries


Murder most mysterious: The house of horror in New Orleans

Investigating the Syncretism of Catholicism and Voodoo in New Orleans Anthony M. J. Maranise – Journal of Religion & Society

Becoming Christians Won’t Betray Their Faith, Pope Tells Voodooists – LA TIMES – February 5, 1993

Cultural Catholicism in Cajun-Creole Louisiana By Marcia Gaudet

The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook by Denise Alvarado

Fire Destroys Historic Home of New Orleans Spiritual Temple – Wild Hunt

Black Magic – Talking with Hoodoo Witches – Broadly Vice

American Apparel Under Fire for ‘Spooky’ Voodoo Themed Window Display – Jezebel

A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau by Carolyn Morrow Long

Digitized Sacramental Records in the Archives – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Voodoo in New Orleans by Blake Touchstone


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