It is only too easy to find mystery and mysticism in the French Quarter. Also known as the Vieux Carre, it’s the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. The narrow streets with hidden yards send shivers down your spine as you wander about at night, while the full moon rises and you hear a distant howl.
The French Quarter has proved itself as a supplier of endless stories of the supernatural, starting with voodoo priestesess and ending with vampires. It has provided us with legends and inspired many writers ( most of Anne Rice’s vampires live or are connected to New Orleans in some way, the action of new hit TV show The Originals also takes place there). The French Quarter is the place to be if you’re a believer in the supernatural.
Most famous for its stories about voodoo, the French Quarter is home to many voodoo priestesses. The most famous of them all has to be Marie Laveau, a Haitian woman born in 1794. She combined voodoo with Catholicism, which would differentiate New Orleans voodoo from other such practices. The French Quarter is also thought to be home of witches, that can curse you or help you, depending on your behavior.
Shops are packed full with different herbs, plants and magical elements, as though depicting a scene from a long lost world. Even though in history vampires weren’t really the French Quarter’s main attraction, they have become associated with it after Anne Rice published the Vampire Chronicles. After all, what’s a supernatural city without some vampires lurking in the dark? Fortune tellers are at home in the French Quarter, reading tea-leaves or the tarot.
The French Quarter is an epitome of mysticism, with its rich history, fascinating legends and a scenery that seems to have come from the pages of a mystery novel. I , for one, would love to visit this incredible place. Would you visit the French Quarter?
References: discoverneworleans.com, neworleansonline.com. Photo: pinterest.com
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