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article imageDo You Voodoo? They Do. New Orleans Combines Two Oldest Professions in the World.

By Carol Forsloff     Dec 14, 2008 in Lifestyle
The magic of New Orleans is somewhere. The once-grand city has always been the United States capital for voodoo for centuries. But do folks still practice it there?
The magic of New Orleans is somewhere. The once-grand city has always been the United States capital for voodoo for centuries. But do folks still practice it there? After Hurricane Katrina, people reach for any kind of hope; and some people reach for the familiar, which for them is this ancient practice. And voodoo continues to give some people hope that might have lost it completely in New Orleans after that wicked witch Katrina took no pity on the city. Put voodoo in the hands of a sexy lady, and it’s a double whammy.
Yes indeed, Marie Laveau, the Queen of Voodoo, continues to lead her voodoo priests and priestesses as they perform their magic to revive the hearts and minds of the poor souls remaining in New Orleans, those who have stumbled back, and those curious people who manage to get to New Orleans only to rush right home vowing never to return. But the magic of believing means that people who need a quick fix to heal themselves, especially after something as devastating as Hurricane Katrina , means many folk will flock to voodoo for a spell. Laveau may be long dead, but her magic ways live on.
Marie Laveau was the high priestess of an ancient practice that New Orleans mastered early, given the fact that it was a major port for the practice of slavery. That brought the African practice of voodoo to the continent of America in a big way right on the sunny shores of Louisiana, to New Orleans, that became a center of seductive arts, many still going strong. Laveau has long been dead, the first record of her existence traced to 1819. She had a thriving business for more than 15 years. Indeed she was a busy lady as she also gave birth to fifteen children by two different men, one white and one black. Laveau was enterprising, using her female children to help her in the business and she was able to bring the Virgin Mary into voodoo, which she did less for ecumenical reasons than for crafty business ones, to get both white and black believers for a crossover involvement that continues outside of the sack, the only other place for integration until the 1960’s formalized it for the rest of human activities
Walk down the now-dreary streets of New Orleans during this recession, and three types of businesses strike the observer that they remain and prosper. These three businesses likely partner to make money when the sun goes down and the police give up. Pink and purple neon lights beckon the curious and those in need of hope in for a séance, a potential night with a sexy lady, or a bottle of booze to drown, rather than suppress, one’s sorrows.
A walk on the wild side of New Orleans recently brought me face to face with tarot card readers, those hawking dolls on sidewalks, and the gypsies who have tried to take over the town’s magic practices with their aggressive ways of chasing down their customers. In the minds of many people voodoo may be something practiced in dark corners in lands far away or in the old New Orleans before the storm, Hurricane Katrina, soiled its skirts so that now they are lifted up not to dance but to get the kind of action from women many men still go to the fabled city to find. A voodoo doll can be used in all sorts of ways by a a street flirt, and some use them to get tourist’s attention so that they can make money more ways than one. That doll can be part of the seduction or the destruction of your dreams of going through town and getting a thrill without paying for it because thievery goes on when the covers are off.
Voodoo. Who knew it would be at the top of the business chain in a town where madness has taken over? But one might expect it with the high murder rate in town, making New Orleans the murder capital of the country, according to the latest reports from New Orleans major newspaper, the Times Picayune. But voodoo brings a kind of hope to the hopeless, a feeling that there’s something still alive, slithering in some places like the snakes that people fear from the swamps just outside of the city. For New Orleans folks need someone to punish, and it’s likely many of them have those voodoo dolls in the form of President George Bush or someone in FEMA clothes to take revenge upon in those old black magic ways called voodoo.
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