For decades, Laveau was the city’s premier voodoo priestess, renowned as a healer and counselor. As Harrington explained, voodoo was an amalgam of ancestral beliefs brought to New Orleans by enslaved Africans. To chroniclers of the time, it was described as everything from “fake mumbo jumbo stuff” to “demonic orgies and blasphemy.” To members of the Crescent City’s European establishment, the singing, dancing and other aspects of voodoo ceremonies were perceived as a threat.
According to Harrington, Laveau and her fellow voodoo practitioners “may not have discouraged their fears.”Marie Laveau’s husband disappeared 200 years ago, but an LSU student thinks she finally found him | Entertainment/Life | nola.com
Click through to read a fascinating article about an anthropoologist who may have solved the mystery of Marie Laveau’s missing husband, Jacques Paris. Marie is featured in two of my books: Bayou Fire, and Yellowjack and the River Man.