Voodoo Crypt

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Sally Stone

Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau's alleged tomb, though no one knows if she's really buried there anymore. Since bones are considered gris-gris (a charm, talisman or amulet for voodoo practices), some think her bones may have been scavenged after burial. Nonetheless, people swarm to her tomb to leave talismans for their prayers such as the baby tucked into the bricks in this photo, to pull away pieces of brick for their own magic practices, or to leave their marks, the XXXs, and recite voodoo prayers. These above-ground crypts let people express their cultural beliefs even in death.

Location: St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans, Louisiana


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