Apotheosis of Marie Laveau, Hoodoo-Voodoo-Vodou Icon

Academic Hoodoo

I knew that it was time to write this post after everyone in my classroom had seen the third season of the FX series American Horror Storystarring Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau, except me. Most of my students had never heard of Mme Marie before, mind you, so it was a perfect opportunity to use television to learn something about a fascinating figure in Africana traditions who is both a cultural icon and an historical personality. Those who know her understand that her impact intersects broadly with New World and African religions and magic in the past and present, and extends into Hoodoo Studies and American religion. I still haven’t watched the show, but I am entranced by the sheer variety of guises under which the character of Marie Laveau appears in visual and performed representations. Nonetheless it is pretty clear that little is known about the actual person, her thoughts, her words…

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