The grave of Marie Leveau, The QUEEN of Louisiana VooDoo. Also the inspiration behind the Coven season of AHS and played by Angela Bassett ⚜️ #NOLAVooDoo #marieleveau
And finally, the graves of the most famous residents of New Orleans' St. Louis No.1 cemetery: voodoo queen Marie Laveau, and Nicholas Cage. ⠀
...but wait, isn't he still alive? Yes he is. Apparently he bought his plot after he visited a local voodoo practitioner for help with some life problems, and she told him he’d been cursed and would need to buy a plot in order for the curse to be lifted. He then built a pyramid on top of it, which you can see in the middle distance in the first picture. ⠀
A round-up of all the NOLA cemetery photos can be found on the blog today (link in bio). Happy Hallowe'en!
It's not certain which is the oldest tomb in the St. Louis No.1 cemetery, but it's probably this one dating from 1800.
And yes, alright, here's what you've been waiting for: some voodoo tombs. Reports vary regarding what the Xs represent, but concensus is that either you go and mark ‘XXX’ on a grave when you’re asking for something, or you mark it when you’ve received what you ask for. Maybe it’s both. The offerings (flowers, beads etc.) are left to curry favour with the spirits of the dead.
If you couldn't afford an entire plot just for your family, but you didn't want to be buried in the cheap rented wall vaults, you could instead opt for a society burial if your community owned one of these huge plots. There were various options and nowadays they're in differing states of repair: the Italian one is still doing OK, but the most well-maintained is easily the military one. Some people are still being buried in these society tombs even today, long after the cemetery has reached capacity.
Some graves in NOLA's St. Louis No.1 cemetery are in a very bad state; others have little plants growing through their cracks. From death, new life.
Some of the graves in New Orleans' St. Louis No. 1 cemetery are really well maintained, others not so much. Some have broken railings, or mottled masonry, and some have big holes where... the dead have walked out...? 😱💀👻
Spooky pics from St. Louis No.1 in NOLA, round two.
Who's up for a series of atmospheric pics from New Orleans' most famous graveyard in the runup to Hallowe'en? Yes? Here ya go.