Marie Laveau’s Gumbo Ya-Ya: The Catholic Voodoo Queen and the Demonization of New Orleans Voodoo

Samantha Mast


As both a devoted Catholic and a Voodoo practitioner, Marie Laveau appeared a blasphemous contradiction, one which thoroughly bewildered and enraged the New Orleans community. As a result, her practice of magic and deviant use of Catholic saints and symbols led to the denunciation of this Afro-Catholic religion as well as the fear and fascination that encompassed Marie Laveau herself.

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