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    New Orleans, Louisiana
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    The Ghost of Marie Laveau, Queen of Voodoo


    The St. Louis Cemetery #1 in New Orleans, Louisiana, is considered the most haunted cemetery in all of the United States.


    This graveyard is said to be haunted by the ghost of the infamous Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.  Her ghost has been reported inside the cemetery, walking between the tombs wearing a turban and mumbling a Santería Voodoo curse to trespassers.  Some people swear they have seen her disappear into thin air when approached.


    Her grave is visited by the faithful, curious and desperate year round.  Many come to her tomb and place small offerings there, like candles, flowers, Mardi Gras beads, Voodoo dolls, trinkets and food in hopes of being blessed by her supernatural powers from beyond the grave.  Many have been known to make a wish at her tomb.  If that wish is fulfilled, they return and mark her tomb with three X's to show their appreciation.  Others say that her ghost appears as a sleek Voodoo cat with red, glowing eyes.  They say the cat walks right through Laveau's sealed tomb door and disappears inside, as if the door wasn't even there.


    Of course, there will always be a debate as to whether an actual ghost of the Voodoo Queen exists.  But, of Marie Laveau, one thing is absolutely certain--no one in New Orleans was ever more renowned, influential, respected, powerful and feared than the Queen of Voodoo, Marie Laveau.  And, as evidenced by the many X's scribbled on her tomb, to this day, she is still casting spells and granting wishes from beyond the grave!


    Photos by Lulis Leal

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