Marie Laveau, a New Orleans Voudou Priestess – Episode #76

Book cover of a New Orleans Voudou Priestess, by Carolyn Morrow Long

Marie Laveau, a New Orleans Voudou Priestess

Have you ever been to New Orleans? Have you visited St. Louis Cemetery #1? If so, you’ve surely heard of Marie Laveau, often referred to as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.

In this episode we explore the life and the myths surrounding Marie Laveau. Join me as I talk with Carolyn Morrow Long, the author of  A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau. Carolyn helps us understand the connections between Catholicism and Voudou, and the role Marie played in both during the early 1800s in New Orleans. We talk about some of the common (mis)perceptions about Marie, and you’ll learn why the book title uses the word Voudou instead of the more common Voodoo you see today.

Join us and learn all about Marie Laveau, one of the most famous and influential New Orleanians in the 300 year history of the Crescent City!


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Buy the Book

If you enjoyed the discussion, be sure to check out Carolyn’s book about Marie Laveau.

You can find it online at Amazon, or at local bookstores in New Orleans, including Octavia Books and Garden District Book Shop. Carolyn also wrote a wonderfully researched book about Madame Lalaurie. If you missed my earlier discussion with Carolyn about Madame Lalaurie, go back and listen to episode #74.

Thank You

Thanks to Carolyn for joining me on this episode! She was also gracious enough to invite me to her home in Washington, DC so we could talk in person.

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