Many say Marie Laveau is laid to rest in the beautiful & haunting St. Louis cemetery. The stark white tomb in this photograph is the Glapion family's burial site as well as that of the famous Voodoo queen. Visitors hoping for the granting of wishes or in paying homage to her are always visible there in the red Xs on the tomb walls and the offerings surrounding the site. All around her resting place are other structures with crumbling brick, missing stucco, beautiful aging, markings and cracks with weed or fern outcroppings. When walking round this cemetery or others in New Orleans I always find it interesting that several tombs look much more like your mind's image of what the tomb of a Voodoo priestess from the 1800s should look like rather than this stark white one.
As to the legend versus Laveau's daily life, one can believe anything in a city where the moss-laden live oaks bow quietly and the air always hangs warm and damp about you. It is a mysterious place where the dead are buried behind walls in above ground tombs and the richness of the culture, the architecture and lives of its people always make for great inspiration. I'm sure Marie Laveau took great advantage of this too when dealing with those who called upon her for help. The history of old New Orleans, Voodoo, the Creoles & Catholicism of which Laveau was a part and the mystery surrounding the woman herself all make an interesting story that only enriches the colorful past of a city that steps to a different beat to this day. Enjoy this photo from the Sacré series of cemetery photographs from my portfolio while you reflect upon the legend and the lady.
This photograph will be perfect for your home or as a special gift. It will be interesting as an artwork alone or grouped with other tomb or cemetery photos. Try pairing it with the famous X's people mark when asking favors or making wishes. Find this companion photograph and other New Orleans cemetery piees in my shop.
THE TOMB OF MARIE LAVEAU • NEW ORLEANS
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