NEW ORLEANS: Voodoo - Trick or Treat?

October 31, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Photos taken / written by JENNIFER MAHON  |  This post was read 641 times


VOODOO


Mention the word voodoo, and people automatically associate it with evil - pictures of human possession, animal sacrifices, curses and sticking pins into dolls come to mind. This is pretty much thanks to the portrayal of voodoo in popular culture - we've been tricked into believing a total stereotype - but nothing could be further from the truth. I'm totally no expert on the subject, but I do know that voodoo is one of the world's most misunderstood religions - and in fact, the voodoo religion centres around healing and herbalism

 

NEW ORLEANS HISTORIC VOODOO MUSEUM 
The museum is a two-room tiny place on Dumaine Street - people either love it or hate it. Yes, it's tiny....and yes, it's full-to-the-gills with a collection of portraits, artifacts, altars and displays... and yes, there is absolutely no organization to it, but it is a treat to see it. For $5 entrance fee, you get an informative pamphlet on the history of voodoo and you get to see some interesting stuff - like in one of the display cases, a partial bone of Frankenstein! Take the time to read everything and learn about the history of voodoo in New Orleans and forget all that Hollywood mumbo-jumbo. There are genuine altars, and if you feel like it, you can even leave something as a tribute to the spirits. Remember to be respectful - it's not a place to stumble drunk into (like I saw some folk) and make fun of this spiritual/belief system.

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, 724 Dumaine Street

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Outside of the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum


Entrance/front area

Entrance/front area


The one, small, narrow hallway that leads to the two rooms

The one, small, narrow hallway that leads to the two rooms


The hallway is lined with portraits with descriptions under each one, explaining who they are and their contribution to voodoo in New Orleans

The hallway is lined with portraits with descriptions under each one, explaining who they are and their contribution to voodoo in New Orleans


The room at the back, with a collection of artifacts, altars and the offerings that people have left behind

The room at the back, with a collection of artifacts, altars and the offerings that people have left behind


Almost anything can be left as an offering to the spirits

Almost anything can be left as an offering to the spirits


Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography

Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography

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The second tiny room, with more interesting artifacts, and plenty of offerings Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography Travel Keeps Me Sane - Jennifer Mahon Photography


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