BY Delilah Jones Treme Photos By Harriet Cross
Night ... Voodoo in The City
area is an area with an increased density
of human-created structures in comparison
to the areas surrounding it. This term is
at one end of the spectrum of suburban and
rural areas. An urban area is more frequently
called a city or town. And here today in America
is where voodoo still is practiced openly
or in secret. New Orleans was once the largest
Populated area by Voodoo Followers. Most of
them post hurricane Katrina have now been
moved across the country. Many now live in
Houston and Galveston and surrounding Texas
areas. And of course new voodoo Queens are
being crowned everyday there. Voodoo Rituals
happen in New Orleans all the time. From the
better known Hurricane Ritual to the annual
Bayou St. John Marie Laveau Head washing ceremony.
Priestesses, Voodoo Queens
or Mambos, often become "possessed"
or "ridden" by the Loa's for the
duration of the ritual who can then speak
See: VOODOO STORY PAGES
Voodoo is a religion practiced
by millions of people, in the Caribbean and
in New York City, New Orleans And Miami and
other lesser urban centers, and its traditions
include percussive and vocal music, dance,
and ritual-oriented visual arts such as the
drawing of veves, the complex cosmological
diagrams that are sketched in chalk on the
floors of temples.
So if you want to see and experience
real voodoo in The City of New Orleans here
are an insiders guide to the real places to
visit! From the touristy places to the real
deal New Orleans has it all. In the dead of
the night post Hurricane Katrina the Voodoo
Drums still call out to the faitfull to come
ARTS IN THE NEW COLONY
The area now known as Bywater
was mostly plantation land in the Colonial
era, with significant residential development
beginning the first decade of the 19th century
as part of what was known as "Faubourg
Washington", part of the predominantly
Francophone "Downtown" section of
New Orleans. Many people from the French Caribbean
settled here, especially refugees from the
revolution in Haiti. During the century it
grew with both white and free colored Creoles,
joined by immigrants from Germany and Ireland.
And so did the Voodoo they brought with them.
Voodoo is the original religion
of Africa, predating the advent of Islam.
The main gods are the Seven Powers, known
as Loa's. But there are lesser Loa's as well,
including the worshipper's ancestors. The
religion has traveled over the world, largely
as a result of the slave trade. It is practiced
in different countries under different names
where it was often necessary to take on the
trappings of Catholicism to appease the dominant
There was little division between
this area and what became known as the Lower
9th Ward until the Industrial Canal was dredged
through the area in the early 20th century.
And local Voodoo Culture and color flourished
on the banks of the Mississippi River.
A generation of New Orleansians
knew the area as the "Upper 9th Ward",
but as other areas of the 9th Ward above the
Canal further from the River became developed,
a more specific name was needed. Inspired
by the local telephone exchange designation
of BYwater which fit the neighborhood's proximity
to the River and the Canal, the neighborhood
was known as "Bywater" by the 1940s.
If you lived in New Orleans
and were in search of real voodoo the Bywater
was the first place to start. What existed
in the french Quarter was always the tourist
side of what Voodoo actually was. real spells
and voodoo dolls could only be purchased in
the Bywater at the time.
Development and speculation
surrounding the 1984 World's Fair prompted
many long term French Quarter residents to
move down river, at first into Marigny; by
the late 1990s the bohemian artistic type
of communities of the type found in the Quarter
mid-century had spread down to Bywater, and
many long neglected 19th century houses were
refurbished. And the magical side of Voodoo
lived happily in this underground neighborhood.
The portion of Bywater on the
river side of St. Claude Avenue was one of
the few portions of the 9th Ward to escape
flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
in 2005, and has made a more rapid recovery
than many other parts of the city. And so
has the Voodoo Community there.
See: Bywater Botanica The Island Of Salvation
Official Web Site www.feyvodou.com
Specialty New Orleans Voodoo
items such as Zombie bottles and Spirit bottles
once only held secret and holy by the vodousi
are now popping up all over the world. Many
are considered the real deal. Mojo's, Veve's
Flags, Sacred Marie Laveau Monkey and Cock
statues and real Voodoo dolls made in New
Orleans are the most sought after items for
any collector and the curious. But i'm not
talking about the run of the mill touristy
cheep dolls that you would find in the French
Quarter or in commercial stores. These works
of real voodoo Art can only be gotten from
the actual Voodoo Kings and Queens that still
live in the City and belong to a particular
Harriet Cross displays her just
purchased real Zombie and Spirit bottles that
she intends to add to her vast growing collection
of real New Orleans Voodoo Art and Paraphernalia.
When visiting new Orleans you
need to find the real Voodoo stores says cross.
Not the ones in the french Quarter itself.
Many of those do not sell real Voodoo Dolls
that are ritually made by the Voodoo artisans.
Most of what is available in the Quarter are
made in Japan. You won't find rows of Zombie
Bottles or Monkey's and cocks in any stores.
If you do then they are actual reproductions
from someone trying to cash in on their popularity.
If you want the real deal you need to go to
the actual source to purchase them. These
real items can only be purchased from Secret
Voodoo Societies, and they are often very
picky to who they sell them too.
The same goes for real Mojo's
Ve-Ve's and Dolls. Botanicas are the only
place where the real items can be found. F&F
or Island of Salvation are two of the many
that are popular, and any person in search
of real voodoo items should seek out.
Real Zombie Bottle the spirit
protector of New Orleans Homes can only be
gotten from one source in New Orleans. These
Bound Zombies are said to do the bidding of
their owner. Many have tried to purchase them
but they are only available through the surviving
members of Marie Laveaus' actual Secret Society.
see: HOODOO VOODOO REAL
ZOMBIE BOTTLES, And
: BOUND ZOMBIE BOTTLES
exclusive to Haunted America Tours
Voodoo (Vodou, Vodoun, Vudu,
or Vudun in Benin, Togo, southeastern Ghana,
Burkina Faso, and Senegal; also Vodou in Haiti)
is a name attributed to a traditionally West
African spiritual system of faith and ritual
practices. The core functions of Voodoo are
to explain the forces of the universe, influence
those forces, and influence human behavior.
Voodoo's oral tradition of faith stories carries
genealogy, history and fables to succeeding
generations. Adherents honor deities and venerate
ancient and recent ancestors. This faith system
is widespread across groups in West Africa.
Diaspora spread Voodoo to North and South
America, the Caribbean and the Philippines.
AND MARIE LAVEUS' HOUSE OF VOODOO
Rev. Zombie's is a Tourist Voodoo
Stop by, any local New Orleans Visitors. It
has some very real Voodoo Items and objects
of art. But they are also just for the tourist
to get a taste of the religion sights and
sounds. Whatever ever you might think , the
voodoo here is real but the items may not
be made by local voodoo artisans. many of
the dolls, candles and strange items that
you will find in the French Quarter and Gris-
Gris actually comes from China. Not saying
the voodoo is not real just saying the facts.
To find real actual Voodoo items
you need to get off the beaten path and seek
out the real Voodoo Kings and Queens.
If semi Real Tourist Voodoo
appeals to you then visit Rev. Zombie's 725
St Peter St NOLA 70119 -
LAVEAUS HOUSE OF VOODOO
NEW ORLEANS Marie Laveau’s House
of Voodoo714 Bourbon Street NOLA 70116. Don't
let the Goths that work their by appearances
make you think that some items are not real.
Marie Laveau's house of Voodoo:
This truly and totally unique Voodoo shop
and museum display is located in the heart
of the New Orleans French quarter. This the
original and only house on the reported actual
site that legendary Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau
once " REPORTEDLY " called home
during her life, Marie II, briefly lived in
what is now Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo,
and adjacent to the St. Ann Street cottage
where Marie I died.
SEE: THE GREAT VOODOO
QUEENS AND KINGS
Voodoo has been a matriarchy
in New Orleans from the beginning. Very little
is known with any certainty about the life
of Marie Laveau. She is supposed to have been
born in the French Quarter of New Orleans,
Louisiana in 1801, the daughter of a white
planter and a free Creole of Color (a multi-racial
combination of African, Native American, and
French (or Spanish)). She married Jacques
Paris, also a free Creole of color, on August
4, 1819; her marriage certificate is preserved
in Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.
Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
Voodoo Museum or New
Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum 724
New Orleans, LA 70116 504.680.0128 www.voodoomuseum.com
SEE: THE HAUNTED PAINTING
OF MARIE LAVEAU
ALSO : THE HAUNTED VOODOO
OCCULT SHOP IN NEW ORLEANS THE
AND ONLY MARIE LAVEAU'S
HOUSE OF VOODOO
If your looking for real Voodoo
items and art then visit F&F. F&F
carry a nice selection of religious articles
from Cuba and Latin America. In the Santeria
& Lucumi section you can locate products
used in Santeria, Palo, Ifa and Espiritismo.
The Hoodoo items frequently used for spells
or spiritual workings based on Rootwork, African
American folk and Southern Magic.
Commonly, F&F Botanica interior
space is separated into what you might call
“front” and “back”
regions. The former “sales” area
contains display shelves and glass cases filled
with colored beads, cauldrons, tureens, perfumes,
oils, candles, herbs and other ritual materials
for sale. The “back” region is
used for private religious consultations (using
one of many divinatory techniques, including
cowry shells, tarot cards, Spanish cards,
and more, depending on the specific faith
of the diviner).
See: F&F Botanica
Botanicas are stores that stock
herbs, roots, beads, oils, scents, sprays,
powders, potions, etc., used in Santería
and other ritual practices such as Espiritismo.
Exciting collection of books, herbs and candles,
traditional unique New Orleans Voodoo Hoodoo
items, Vodou, Santeria and much more.
African, Caribbean, Iberian,
Cuban, Haitian and American Voodoo lore, you
can find more than 6,000 products and religious
articles. From waters and oils to candles
and washes. with its vast selections of sacred
roots, holy cards, religious statues, talismans,
blessing sprays, Tarot card, incense, and
voodoo curios F&F Botanica is a very interesting
stop on your next visit to New Orleans.
Statues and art at F&F
Botanica The Real Voodoo Of New Orleans
The word Vodún (Vodoun
Vudu) is the Fon-Ewe word for spirit. The
word Voodoo is primarily used to describe
the Afro-creole tradition of New Orleans,
Vodou is used to describe the Haitian Vodou
Tradition, while Vudon and Vodun and Vodoun
are used to describe the deities honored in
the Brazilian Jeje (Ewe) nation of Candomble
as well as West African Vodoun, and in the
African diaspora. Voodoo or Hoodoo also refer
to African-American folk spirituality of the
southeastern USA, with roots in West African
traditional or "folk" spirituality.
When the word Vodou/Vodoun is capitalized,
it denotes the Religion proper. When the word
is used in small caps, it denotes folk spirituality,
or the actual deities honored in each respective
Many leave offerings at the
tomb of Marie Laveau
The name vodu comes from the
West African language, Fon meaning 'spirit'
or 'deity'. The Kongo rites, also known in
the north of Haiti as Lemba (originally practiced
among the Bakongo) and is as widespread as
the West African elements. The Vodoun religion
was suppressed during slavery and Reconstruction
in the United States, but maintained most
of its West African elements. The Fon tradition
in Cuba is known La Regla Arará.
The versions of Voodoo which
survived in the Southeastern United States
were connected with Christian mysticism in
the minds of rural African Americans. Segregation
minimized the number of bi-lingual African
Americans (those who spoke basilect and fluent
acrolect), and at the same time minimized
the number of whites who could translate basilect
well enough to discover Voodoo in the spoken,
sung, or written words of middle class, working
class or working-poor African Americans. In
isolated African American communities, such
as the Georgia Sea Islands or in the Mississippi
Delta, Voodoo lore could be freely referenced
and practices, at least the more subtle ones,
were more public.
ISLAND OF SALVATION
Island of Salvation Botanica
835 Piety Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Tel: 504-948-9961 offers Voodoo supplies and
artwork by local artist/priestess Voodoo Queen
Sallie Ann Glassman.
The Bywater is a neighborhood
of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is along the
Mississippi River, down river from the Faubourg
Marigny and up from the Industrial Canal.
During New Orleans Mardi Gras,
the Society of Saint Anne marching krewe starts
their processions each Mardi Gras morning
in the Bywater. After Hurricane Katrina, many
survivors flocked to this area as it was less
affected by the storm. Old and new residents
as well as the new cruise-ship terminal on
Poland Avenue Wharf have bolstered Bywater's
Bywater is part of the Ninth
Ward of New Orleans, but it is located along
the natural levee of the Mississippi River;
so while it did see some flooding, it did
not see the tremendous devastation that the
newer suburbs did- even though these neighborhoods
are just a few blocks away.
Many often debate the variations
of Voodoo, how they have survived, how much
they have changed, and to what extent Christianity
in general or Catholicism in particular were
used as covers to enable the survival of Voodoo.
A common saying is that Haiti is 80% Roman
Catholic, 20% Protestant, and 100% Vodou.
Thus the Catholic contribution to Haitian
Vodou is quite noticeable.
Bianca's House of Voodoo Botanica
is a secret Society Botanica by invitation
only. It is said to trace it's history all
the way back to the original secret Society
and line of Voodoo Queens of Marie Laveau.
It 's location is only known to those in the
group and the lucky few that are allowed a
The New Orleans Voodoo Mask
Of The Ghede Mama Brigitte. Mama Brigitte
is the Queen of the Spirit World, the female
counterpart to Baron Samedi, the Master of
the Cemeteries. She is often compared to the
African Orisha, Oya, Queen of the Winds &
Hurricanes. In New Orleans, many call upon
her to clear our path of negativity and evil,
to help your memory and to bring the protection
and wisdom of Ancestors/Spirit Guides. This
actual ritual mask, is made in her honor,
it may be used as altar pieces and/or focusing
tools to invite Mama Brigitte's positive influences
into your life.
Louisiana Voodoo, also known
as New Orleans Voodoo is a term that is used
for a form of the Voodoo spirituality which
historically developed within the French-
and Louisiana Creole French-speaking African-American
population of the U.S. state of Louisiana.
An oft-mentioned historical
figure in Louisiana Voodoo is Marie Laveau.
Louisiana Voodoo is often confused with -
but is not completely separable from - Haitian
Vodou and southeastern U.S. hoodoo. While
it generally shares the same loa as Haitian
Vodou, it lays a generally greater emphasis
upon folk magic (as does hoodoo). This emphasis
has become a spirit cultural marker for southern,
Francophone Louisiana within the Western media,
as it was through Louisiana Voodoo that such
terms as gris-gris and voodoo dolls were introduced
into the American lexicon.
See: † THE MANY
TRUE FACES OF THE VOODOO QUEEN MARIE LAVEAU
In modern times, it has faced
substantial derision from the Protestant Christian
contingent of southern Louisiana's African-American
population, as voodoo and folk magic have
been portrayed as both evil and Satanic.
By the New Orleans Voodoo Queen Sallie Ann
Glassman is the absolute best of any recent
work published about the fascinating subject
of Vodou (yes, also spelled Voodoo). In this,
her first published work, Ms. Glassman, or
"Manbo Sallie Ann" as her devotees
and fans call her, takes the reader by the
hand through an exploration of the origins,
meanings, uses and modern applications of
this ancient "slave religion" that
has over 50 million followers worldwide.
ALLEY ACHADE PERISTYLE
see: ROSALIE ALLEY NEW
ORLEANS REAL WALL OF VOODOO
more staid or folkloric works of other writers,
Voodoo Queen Manbo Sallie Ann willingly instructs
the reader in the path of Vodou and does not
hesitate to throw light on many parts of the
subject that other authors deliberately omit
or obscure. Manbo Sallie Ann's style is one
of welcome and enthusiasm and easily conveys
her passion for this life path to all who
are curious or intent upon following her.
Glassman is also the creator and illustrator
of the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot deck and is
widely recognized for her magical artwork
in other media. Visit her at www.feyvodou.com.
With the destruction wrought on New Orleans
and other parts of the Gulf Coast, hundreds
of thousands of individuals, including many
Louisiana Voodoo practitioners, were driven
to many different parts of the United States.
Many Voudon believe it is a scattering of
New Orleans Since the late 1960s,
visitors to the French Quarter in New Orleans
have thrilled to its evocative little voodoo
shops. Some of those shops well off the tourist
paths, however, cater not just to tourists
but to those for whom voodoo is a spiritual
tradition and a community.
The Voodoo Spiritual Temple
is a place where you can find peace and comfort.
It is a place for not only educating people
about the Voudon Religion but also yourself
and activities that occur in everyday life.
Voudon is traditionally the fon word for "spirit
mystery". It has taken a french sound
of "on". "Don" is the
gift root of "donation" which is
freely given and received. In Voudon you obtain
a better self balance not only about the religious
structure but also your life.
The Voodoo Spiritual Temple
was established in 1990 by Priestess Miriam
and Priest Oswan Chamani. It is the only "formally"
established Spiritual Temple with a focus
on traditional West African spiritual and
herbal healing practices currently existing
in New Orleans. On March 6, 1995, Priest Oswan
transcended into the arms of the ancestors
but Priestess Miriam continues to carry on
the tradition of the Temple along with the
Spirit of Oswan. The Voodoo Spiritual Temple
has extended its spirituality across the world
and is opening a Temple in Russia.
Voodoo Spiritual Temple 828 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
The Voodoo Spiritual Temple
helps embrace the reality and truth of Voudon
from both past and past presence of time.
The vibrations of Voudon have helped both
men and women find themselves obtaining better
achievements in life.
Priestess Miriam Chamani, Servant
of Ayizan gives Consultations and African
Bone Readings both in person and via the telephone.
She specializes in Voodoo Weddings, Damballah
for Healing, and Erzulie for Love. Priestess
Miriam designs Voodoo Dolls and Kits tailored
to each person's needs and desires. These
are not commercial made but instead hand made
by your Priestess Miriam Ayizan!
The Voodoo Spiritual Temple
is not based on white nor black magic. Our
focus is "TRUTH", True Spiritual
Power. True Spiritual Power is for friendly
people, as well as those that are sensitive
to all vibrations of the Universe. Oswan Chamani
once had said, "When we put our hands
in water, we expect them to get wet, and when
we heal with spiritual power, we expect a
miracle." This means that miracles do
happen outside of our reasoning, intellect,
and physical understanding. We all work with
miracles daily but only too often they are
to curse us or someone instead of for blessing.
We must get our understanding aligned. Just
as we align the front end of our vehicles,
we must understand our own spiritual power
within us. This is especially true if we are
to grow and understand how to make sense of
magic and miracles.
So when your
in New Orleans and looking for the strange
and real side of New Orleans Voodoo visit
these hot spots and meet the real Kings and
Queens of New Orleans Voodoo!
AND DON'T FORGET TO TELL
THEM HAUNTED AMERICA TOURS SENT YOU !
As a local New Orleanian with
an interest in real voodoo as compared to
what the outsider see's Treme has set out
to bring forth the world that is hidden to
those that they dare not tread. From investigating
Voodoo rituals and grand ceremonies she has
become enlightened to the facts and fictions
that surrounds what the public see's and will
in upcoming articles try to show all what
real New Orleans Voodoo Hoodoo really is.
Treme's hope someday is to become
a reigning Voodoo Queen herself.