Many say Marie Laveau is laid to rest in the beautiful & haunting St. Louis cemetery. The stark white tomb in this photograph is a rendering of the Glapion family's burial site as well as that of the famous Voodoo queen. Others think she may be in one of the more neglected and interesting tombs nearby. 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. This photo shot at night to give a stark black background is an artistic homage to the Voodoo Queen's burial site complete with lit GrisGris doll in the background.
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 like this photo. 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.
IN THE NIGHT • THE TOMB OF MARIE LAVEAU • NEW ORLEANS
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