La Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans) was allegedly founded found in 1718. We say allegedly because the Native Americans were here in New Orleans and the surrounding area for over 1000 years. On the boat that landed in New Orleans, there were two slaves. Within a year, the first slave ship arrived in New Orleans with a new religion, Voodoo, Vodun, Vodou, Vodoun, Vaudou, Vaudoux, etc. On this tour, you will will learn the history of Voodoo in New Orleans from the beginning to present day practice of the religion.
This tour includes a visit to Marie Laveau tomb in St. Louis Cemetery 1.
The tour covers the following:
- Voodoo History
- Origin of the Voodoo doll
- Is Voodoo good or evil
- Difference between New Orleans and Haitian Voodoo
- Why very few pictures of Marie Laveau exist in public
Description of Tour
The tour starts with the history of New Orleans and the slave trade. Since Voodoo came to New Orleans with the slaves from West Africa you will learn about the early years of Voodoo from the early 1700s to 1792, when Haitian Voodoo immigrants arrived in the thousand arrived in New Orleans. You will learn how Voodoo evolved from the early Voodoo practice to the modern Voodoo religion we have today.
The tour includes a visit to the St. Louis Cemetery 1. This is a catholic cemetery where we see several voodoo tombs including the tomb of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen. Your tour guide will explain why this unusual arrangement exist in New Orleans.
Louisiana Code noir, aka slave code, aka black code was based largely on that compiled in 1685 for the French Caribbean colonies, was a decree originally passed by France’s King Louis XIV in 1685. The code was modified in 1724 and was a means to control the behaviors of Africans, Native Americans, and free people of color. You will learn how the code effected the Voodoo tradition.
Despite the early acceptance of of Voodoo, events in Louisiana history forced Voodoo practitioners into hiding. Learn how the tradition was kept alive and survived despite a growing hatred for Voodoo and Hoodoo.
Finally, you will learn about the resurgence of New Orleans Voodoo. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, its estimated them were about 2,500 to 3,000 voodoo practitioners. Over ten years later, there’s only a few hundred. An interest in the old ways are making a comeback. Learn why. Believe us, its not what you think. Forget the tourist gimmick of voodoo dolls, most made in China and Japan or Taiwan. Forget gris-gris, hexes and potions. Learn how West African Voodoo is making a comeback in New Orleans today.