Guide Location: USA » New Orleans
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
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Being a multicultural city, New Orleans provided an ideal setting for the practice of Voodoo. Some people get scared to death by the mystical rituals, others get easily tempted by the idea of achieving anything they want by the means of spells and incantations, but most are just curious to know what Voodoo is. If you'd like to find out by yourself, don't miss the chance to go on the tour listed below.
Tour Stops and Attractions
1) Voodoo AuthenticaVoodoo Authentica was established in 1996 and represents a cultural center dedicated to Voodoo. Here you will find experts to perform Voodoo rituals, spell reading and consultations. They also have a big collection of handmade Voodoo dolls and other traditional Haitian and African Voodoo items, all for sale. The center is located on the Dumaine Street in the French Quarter.
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2) New Orleans Historic Voodoo MuseumStrange, unique, spooky, fun and scary, the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum provides the curious an introductory look into the world of Voodoo. Established in 1972 by artist Charles Massicot Gandolfo, the museum is located in the French Quarter between Bourbon Street and Royal Street. The museum’s focus is Louisiana Voodoo which is also known as New Orleans Voodoo.
Voodoo is an ancient religion, of spirits, whose roots are based in Western Africa. When the slaves landed on the shores of Louisiana, they brought this mysterious and often misunderstood practice with them. The Voodoo religion eventually merged with native French and Spanish culture to create its own distinct branch of the faith.
Although the museum only consists of two rooms, it is jam packed with items. There are skulls, altars, and masks everywhere. The local priestess will even give you a psychic reading in person or by phone. For those who wish to take the experience further, ritual services with local practitioners can be arranged. These services range from blessings and curse removals to weddings.
The gift shop sells love potions, books, chicken feet, gris-gris (amulet) bags, snake oils, books, dolls, candles, and other mementoes. There is also a Voodoo Cemetery Walking Tour that takes you to the tomb of the great Marie. They are open seven days a week from 10 am to 6 pm.
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3) Erzulie's Voodoo & Magical BoutiqueErzulie's Voodoo & Magical Boutique can be found at the junction of Ann and Royal Streets. This authentic Voodoo shop specializes in exclusive handcrafted Voodoo Dolls and Voodoo wares. They also have all sorts of aromatic oils, including some rare ones. Want to know your future, or your past life? Erzulie's Voodoo & Magical Boutique can do that for you. Just ask the staff of the shop for a professional magic or psychic reading.
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4) Reverend Zombie's House of VoodooReverend Zombie's House of Voodoo represents an interesting Voodoo shop. Here you will find any book on the occult, or Voodoo relic, you are looking for along with instructions on how to use it. You will also find a lot of weird souvenirs to amaze your friends and family with.
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5) Voodoo BluesVoodoo Blues represents a small gift shop located on Bourbon Street. Not really the place to come with your children, because you might find the things sold here a little scary and obscene. Voodoo Blues specializes in selling tarot cards and Voodoo books, as well as some interesting greeting cards.
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6) Marie Laveau House of VoodooLocated on the world famous Bourbon Street, the Marie Laveau House of Voodoo is a popular tourist attraction. The shop is named after the mother of New Orleans' Voodoo, Marie Laveau. Here you will find all sorts of eye-catching odds and ends, occult books and much more.
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7) Voodoo Spiritual TempleFounded in 1990, Voodoo Spiritual Temple offers a wide variety of Voodoo rituals and Voodoo items. The Temple combines several Voodoo traditions from all over the world. Inside of the building there lots of altars. The Temple has a souvenir shop and the owner, Priestess Miriam, is always glad to receive curios guests to her Voodoo temple.
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8) Saint Louis Cemetery #1 and #2It would seem odd that cemeteries are a tourist attraction, but not for the city of New Orleans. The above ground resting places represent an important part of their history and display beautiful Spanish and French design. Two of the most famous cemeteries are Saint Louis Cemetery #1 and #2. Saint Louis Cemetery #1 was established in 1789. It replaced the Saint Petersburg Cemetery. It is located eight blocks away from the Mississippi River on Basin Street. Many impressive people are entombed in the many crypts and tombs. Some notable residents include the Civil Rights activist Homer Plessy, Voodoo Queen Marie Laveu, and sugar industry pioneer Etienne de Boré. Saint Louis Cemetery #2 was established in 1823. It is located three blocks away from Saint Louis Cemetery #1 on Claiborne Avenue and has over 100,000 burials. A protestant section is also located on the grounds. Many notable people are entombed in Saint Louis Cemetery #2, including Civil War hero Andre Cailloux, Jazz musician Danny Barker, rhythm and blues singer Ernie K. Doe, and sainthood candidate Blessed Mother Henriette DeLille. In addition, the graveyard is the final resting place of several politicians. Tours of are available from the Save Our Cemeteries organization and begin at 10 am on Sundays. Both cemeteries are open from 9 am to 3 pm on Sunday and from 9 am to 12 pm. They are part of the African American Heritage Trail.
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