of the Wonders of the World have been compiled
over the ages to catalogue the most spectacular
man-made constructions and natural things
in the world. And the Seven Wonders of the
Ancient World can be traced back to the fifth
The New 7 Wonders
of the World were announced during the Official
Declaration ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on
Saturday, July 7, 2007 and history was made!
This inaugural worldwide vote also produced
the first-ever Global Memory and a new set
of 7 Human Virtues. www.new7wonders.com/classic/en/n7w/new7news/7virtues/
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what about the seven wonders of the Paranormal
World? Do the Exist? And do they have a real
connection to the other Seven Wonders?
Herodotus (484 BC–ca. 425 BC), and the
scholar Callimachus of Cyrene (ca 305–240
BC) at the Museum of Alexandria, made early
lists of "Seven wonders" but their
writings have not survived, except as references.
Their wonders included the Great Pyramid of
Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of
Zeus at Olympia, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus,
Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus,
Colossus of Rhodes, and Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Greek category was not "Wonders"
but "theamata", which translates
closer to "must-sees". The list
that we know today was compiled in the Middle
Ages—by which time many of the sites
were no longer in existence.
Paranormal, Supernatural, Haunted
or just plain mystical ---- Here is a compiled
list of the Seven Paranormal wonders of the
world for you to investigate. These locations
seem to draw upon the powers of the otherworldly.
Many people say they are drawn to them because
of magical powers or spirits that guide them
to make a pilgrimage to their locations for
greater enlightenment. Many paranormal investigators
have traveled the world and agree the seven
wonders are of the paranormal kind.
Some call them the most visited
haunted hotspots in the world. Supernatural
sightseeing is nothing new. Many thousands
people have traveled through out the centuries
to find miraculous locations to experience
the wonderment of the other-side. Certain
Cities and their Paranormal locations have
always stirred a emotional or psychological
- like experience in many. As many say this
place has the supernatural Vibe
So now all the votes are in
and the many visitors to our have web site
have chosen the best places that they believe
to hold wonderment and paranormal excitement.
Seven Wonders Of The Supernatural World
great Pyramid at Giza
Pyramid at Giza makes many list. From the
Seven Wonders of The ancient world. Modern
World, Architectural and now the most haunted
of all wonders. Today, the only ancient world
wonder that still exists is the Great Pyramid
of Giza. Many say it is a magical place, and
they can feel the power of this giant resurrection
machine at work. Some say they feel enlightened
others believe they have in someway touched
the world of the dead emotionally, mentally
and spiritually once they have entered inside
the Kings burial chamber.
out the Great Pyramids of Giza; Live
The Great Pyramid
of Giza , also called Khufu's Pyramid or the
Pyramid of Khufu, and Pyramid of Cheops, is
the oldest and largest of the three pyramids
in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now
Cairo, Egypt in Africa, and is the only remaining
member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient
World. It is believed the pyramid was built
as a tomb for Fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh
Khufu (Cheops in Greek) and constructed over
a 20 year period concluding around 2560 BC.
The Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made
structure in the world for over 3,800 years.
Visibly all that remains is the underlying
step-pyramid core structure seen today. Many
of the casing stones that once covered the
structure can still be seen around the base
of the Great Pyramid. There have been varying
scientific and alternative theories regarding
the Great Pyramid's construction techniques.
Most accepted construction theories are based
on the idea that it was built by moving huge
stones from a quarry and dragging and lifting
them into place.
There are three known chambers
inside the Great Pyramid. The lowest chamber
is cut into the bedrock upon which the pyramid
was built and was unfinished. A passage from
the Grand Gallery leads to the Queen's Chamber,
while an antechamber leads from the Grand
Gallery to the King's Chamber. The sarcophagus
of the King's Chamber was hollowed out of
a single piece of Red Aswan granite and has
been found to be too large to fit through
the passageway leading to the chamber. Both
the King's Chamber and the Queen's Chamber
contains small shafts that ascend out of the
pyramid. Egyptologists now conclude they were
instead used for ceremonial purposes. The
Great Pyramid of Giza is the main part of
a complex setting of buildings that included
two mortuary temples in honor of Khufu (one
close to the pyramid and one near the Nile),
three smaller pyramids for Khufu's wives,
an even smaller "satellite" pyramid,
a raised causeway connecting the two temples,
and small mastaba tombs surrounding the pyramid
The term pyramid power was coined
by Patrick Flanagan in 1973, to describe alleged
supernatural properties of the ancient Egyptian
pyramids and scale models thereof.
Pyramid power is one of the
several alternative theories regarding pyramids,
commonly referred to as pyramidology .It has
been claimed that, like alchemy, the concept
of "pyramid power" is symbolic rather
than literal, having to do with psychological
effects and not physical ones.
If course by it's magnitude,
mystery and endurance --- this is the number
one wonder of the paranormal world.
( (Quechua: Machu Pikchu Old Peak; sometimes
called the "Lost City of the Inca's")
is a pre-Columbian city created by the Inca
Empire. It is located at 2,430 m (7,970 ft)
on a mountain ridge. Machu Picchu is located
above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, about 70
km (44 mi) northwest of Cusco. Forgotten for
centuries by the outside world, although not
by locals, it was brought back to international
attention by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in
1911, who made the first scientific confirmation
of the site and wrote a best-selling work
about it. Peru is pursuing legal efforts to
retrieve thousands of artifacts that Bingham
removed from the site. Machu Picchu is probably
the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire.
Often referred to as "The Lost City of
the Incas". The site was designated as
a World Heritage Site in 1983 when it was
described as "and absolute masterpiece
of architecture and a unique testimony to
the Inca civilization".
Many call it
the most Mystical Place on earth and have
reported paranormal experiences and enlightenment.
Machu Picchu was constructed around 1450,
at the height of the Inca empire, and was
abandoned less than 100 years later, as the
empire collapsed under Spanish conquest. Although
the citadel is located only about 50 miles
from Cusco, the Inca capital, it was never
found and destroyed by the Spanish, as were
many other Inca sites. Over the centuries,
the surrounding jungle grew to enshroud the
site, and few knew of its existence. In 1911,
Yale historian and explorer Hiram Bingham
brought the “lost” city to the
world’s attention. Bingham and others
hypothesized that the citadel was the traditional
birthplace of the Inca people or the spiritual
center of the “virgins of the sun,”
while curators of a recent exhibit have speculated
that Machu Picchu was a royal retreat
Shamanic legends say that if you're a sensitive
person and you rub your forehead against the
stone you will see the spirit world. The Intihuatana
stone is one of the many ritual stones in
South America. They are arranged so they point
directly at the sun during the winter solstice.
The Spanish did not find Machu Picchu until
the 20th century so the Intihuatana Stone
was not destroyed like many other ritual stones.
It is also called "The Hitching Point
of the Sun" because it was supposed to
hold the sun in its place. At midday on March
21st and September 21st the sun stands almost
above the pillar creating no shadow at all.
It is (as they said before) believed to be
an astronomic clock built by the Incas. It
survived until the year 2000. During the filming
of a beer company video, a 990 pound crane
fell on the stone and broke off a piece of
stone the size of a ballpoint pen. The company
said that they were not responsible for the
incident. Many people believe that thanks
to this incident many spirits have gone.
It is thought that the site
was chosen for its unique location and geological
features. It is said that the silhouette of
the mountain range behind Machu Picchu represents
the face of the Inca looking upward towards
the sky, with the largest peak, Huayna Picchu
(meaning Young Peak), representing his pierced
Machu Picchu was built in the
classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone
walls. Its primary buildings are the Intihuatana,
the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the
Three Windows. These are located in what is
known by archaeologists as the Sacred District
of Machu Picchu. In September of 2007, Peru
and Yale University reached an agreement regarding
the return of artifacts which Hiram Bingham
had removed from Machu Picchu in the early
20th century. Currently, there are concerns
about the impact of tourism on the site as
it reached 400,000 visitors in 2003.
is a prehistoric monument located in the English
county of Wiltshire, about 2 miles (3.2 km)
west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north
of Salisbury. One of the most famous prehistoric
sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed
of earthworks surrounding a circular setting
of large standing stones. Archaeologists believe
that the standing stones were erected around
2200 BC and the surrounding circular earth
bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest
phase of the monument, have been dated to
about 3100 BC. The site and its surroundings
were added to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage
Sites in 1986 in a co-listing with Avebury
henge monument, and it is also a legally protected
Scheduled Ancient Monument. Stonehenge itself
is owned by the Crown and managed by English
Heritage while the surrounding land is owned
by the National Trust.
was produced by a culture with no written
language, and at great historical remove from
the first cultures that did leave written
records. Many aspects of Stonehenge remain
subject to debate. This multiplicity of theories,
some of them very colorful, is often called
the "mystery of Stonehenge."
There is little or no direct
evidence for the construction techniques used
by the Stonehenge builders. Over the years,
various authors have suggested that supernatural
or anachronistic methods were used, usually
asserting that the stones were impossible
to move otherwise. However, conventional techniques
using Neolithic technology have been demonstrably
effective at moving and placing stones this
size. Proposed functions for the site include
usage as an astronomical observatory, or as
a religious site. Other theories have advanced
supernatural or symbolic explanations for
Stonehenge is also mentioned
within Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth
said that Merlin the wizard directed its removal
from Ireland, where it had been constructed
on Mount Killaraus by Giants, who brought
the stones from Africa. After it had been
rebuilt near Amesbury, Geoffrey further narrates
how first Ambrosius Aurelianus, then Uther
Pendragon, and finally Constantine III, were
buried inside the ring of stones. In many
places in his Historia Regum Britanniae Geoffrey
mixes British legend and his own imagination;
it is intriguing that he connects Ambrosius
Aurelianus with this prehistoric monument,
seeing how there is place-name evidence to
connect Ambrosius with nearby Amesbury.
According to Geoffrey of Monmouth,
the rocks of Stonehenge were healing rocks
which Giants brought from Africa to Ireland
for their healing properties. These rocks
were called The Giant's Dance. Aurelius Ambrosias
(5th Century), wishing to erect a memorial
to the nobles (3000) who had died in battle
with the Saxons and were buried at Salisbury,
chose (at Merlin's advice) Stonehenge to be
their monument. So the King sent Merlin, Uther
Pendragon (Arthur's father), and 15,000 knights
to Ireland to retrieve the rocks. They slew
7,000 Irish. As the knights tried to move
the rocks with ropes and force, they failed.
Then Merlin, using "gear" and skill,
easily dismantled the stones and sent them
over to Britain, where Stonehenge was dedicated.
Shortly after, Aurelius died and was buried
within the Stonehenge monument, or "The
Giants' Ring of Stonehenge".
or the "Sunday Stone"
The Heel Stone was once known as "Friar's
Heel". A folk tale, which cannot be dated
earlier than the seventeenth century, relates
the origin of the name of this stone:
The Devil bought the stones
from a woman in Ireland, wrapped them up,
and brought them to Salisbury plain. One of
the stones fell into the Avon, the rest were
carried to the plain. The Devil then cried
out, "No-one will ever find out how these
stones came here!" A friar replied, "That’s
what you think!," whereupon the Devil
threw one of the stones at him and struck
him on the heel. The stone stuck in the ground
and is still there.
Some claim "Friar's Heel"
is a corruption of "Freyja's He-ol"
or "Freyja Sul", from the Nordic
goddess Freyja and the Welsh word for way
or Sunday, respectively, or the name may simply
imply that the stone heels, or leans. The
name is not unique; there was a monolith with
the same name recorded in the 19th century
by antiquarian Charles Warne at Long Bredy
The first excavation inside
the ring at Stonehenge in more than four decades
gets under way ion April of 2008.
at Stonehenge Dig - Archaeologists carrying
out an excavation at Stonehenge say they have
broken through to a layer that may finally
explain why the site was built. --
The two-week dig will try to
establish, once and for all, some precise
dating for the creation of the monument. are
convinced that the dominating feature on Salisbury
Plain in Wiltshire was akin to a "Neolithic
Lourdes" - a place where people went
on a pilgrimage to get cured.
Some of the evidence supporting
this theory comes from the dead, they say.
A significant proportion of
the newly discovered Neolithic remains show
clear signs of skeletal trauma. Some had undergone
operations to the skull, or had walked with
a limp, or had broken bones.
Modern techniques have established
that many of these people had clearly traveled
huge distances to get to south-west England,
suggesting they were seeking supernatural
help for their ills.
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originally a small market town lying in the
foothills of the Pyrenees. At that time the
most prominent feature was the fortified castle
which rises up from the center of the town
on a rocky escarpment. Following the claims
that there were apparitions of Our Lady of
Lourdes to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, Lourdes
has developed into a major place of Christian
pilgrimage. 2008 is the 150th Jubilee of the
apparitions, and larger crowds than usual
are expected to visit.
Today Lourdes has a population
of around 15,000 inhabitants but is able to
take in some 5,000,000 pilgrims and tourists
every season. Lourdes has the second greatest
number of hotels in France after Paris with
about 270 establishments.
It is the joint seat of the
diocese of Tarbes-et-Lourdes. On 11 February
1858, a 14-year-old local girl, Bernadette
Soubirous, claimed a beautiful lady appeared
to her in the remote Grotto of Massabielle.
The lady later identified herself as "the
Immaculate Conception" and the faithful
believe her to be the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The lady appeared 18 times, and by 1859 thousands
of pilgrims were visiting Lourdes. A statue
of Our Lady of Lourdes was erected at the
site in 1864.
Since the apparitions, Lourdes
has become one of the world's leading Catholic
Marian shrines and the number of visitors
grows each year. It has such an important
place within the Roman Catholic church, that
Pope John Paul II visited the shrine twice
on 15th August 1983 and 14th-15th August 2004.
In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI authorized special
indulgences to mark the 150th anniversary
of Our Lady of Lourdes.
With new intrest
in the Mayan Apocalypse, 2012, if the world
would end in 2012 as predicted by the Mayan
prophecies then this is one reason why this
haunted hot spot is making the list. At the
mouth of the well of the Itza") is a
large pre-Columbian archaeological site built
by the Maya civilization located in the northern
center of the Yucatán Peninsula, in
the Yucatán state, present-day Mexico.
Chichen Itza was a major regional
center in the northern Maya lowlands from
the Late Classic through the Terminal Classic
and into the early portion of the Early Postclassic
period. The site exhibits a multitude of architectural
styles, from what is called “Mexicanized”
and reminiscent of styles seen in central
Mexico to the Puuc style found among the Puuc
Maya of the northern lowlands. The presence
of central Mexican styles was once thought
to have been representative of direct migration
or even conquest from central Mexico, but
most contemporary interpretations view the
presence of these non-Maya styles more as
the result of cultural diffusion.
Archaeological data, such as
evidence of burning at a number of important
structures and architectural complexes, suggest
that Chichen Itza's collapse was violent.
Following the decline of Chichen Itza's hegemony,
regional power in the Yucatán shifted
to a new center at Mayapan.
The ruins of Chichen Itza are
federal property, and the site’s stewardship
is maintained by Mexico’s National Institute
of Anthropology and History (Instituto Nacional
de Antropología e Historia, INAH).
The land under the monuments, however, is
privately-owned by the Barbachano family.
is arid, and the interior has no above-ground
rivers. There are two large, natural sink
holes, called cenotes, that could have provided
plentiful water year round at Chichen, making
it attractive for settlement. Of the two cenotes,
the "Cenote Sagrado" or Sacred Cenote,
is the more famous. According to post-Conquest
sources (Maya and Spanish), pre-Columbian
Maya sacrificed objects and human beings into
the cenote as a form of worship to the Maya
rain god Chaac. American Consul Edward Herbert
Thompson dredged the Cenote Sagrado from 1904
to 1910, and recovered artifacts of gold,
jade, pottery, and incense, as well as human
remains. A recent study of human remains taken
from the Cenote Sagrado found that they had
wounds consistent with human sacrifice.
Many have over
the genrations reported magical otherworldly
feelings when visiting the site. Often some
have reported it as being a mystical life
the center of Chichén is the Temple
of Kukulkan (the Maya name for Quetzalcoatl),
often referred to as "El Castillo"
(the castle). This step pyramid has a ground
plan of square terraces with stairways up
each of the 4 sides to the temple on top.
On the Spring and Fall equinox, at the rising
and setting of the sun, the corner of the
structure casts a shadow in the shape of a
plumed serpent - Kukulcan, or Quetzalcoatl
- along the side of the North staircase. On
these two days, the shadows from the corner
tiers slither down the northern side of the
pyramid with the sun's movement.
Mesoamerican cultures periodically
built larger pyramids atop older ones, and
this is one such example. In the mid 1930s,
the Mexican government sponsored an excavation
into El Castillo. After several false starts,
they discovered a staircase under the north
side of the pyramid. By digging from the top,
they found another temple buried below the
current one. Inside the temple chamber was
a Chac Mool statue and a throne in the shape
of jaguar, painted red with spots made of
The Mexican government excavated
a tunnel from the base of the north staircase,
up the earlier pyramid’s stairway to
the hidden temple, and opened it to tourists.
In 2006, INAH closed the throne room to the
The pyrimad complex in Mexico
City, and Tulum is also said to be very mystical
and haunted but does not come near to the
experience when visiting Chitzen Itza for
shear paranormal bliss.
or Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre
(Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro
Flavio or Colosseo), is an elliptical amphitheatre
in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy,
the largest ever built in the Roman Empire.
It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture
Occupying a site just east of
the Roman Forum, its construction started
between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian
and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with
further modifications being made during Domitian's
Originally capable of seating
around 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was
used for gladiatorial contests and public
spectacles. It remained in use for nearly
500 years with the last recorded games being
held there as late as the 6th century. As
well as the traditional gladiatorial games,
many other public spectacles were held there,
such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions,
re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas
based on Classical mythology. The building
eventually ceased to be used for entertainment
in the early medieval era. It was later reused
for such varied purposes as housing, workshops,
quarters for a religious order, a fortress,
a quarry and a Christian shrine.
Although it is now in a ruined
condition due to damage caused by earthquakes
and stone-robbers, the Colosseum has long
been seen as an iconic symbol of Imperial
Rome. Today it is one of modern Rome's most
popular tourist attractions and still has
close connections with the Roman Catholic
Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads
a torchlight"Way of the Cross" procession
to the amphitheatre.
Stained with the blood of thousands
upon thousands of people and animals the Colossem
is said to be haunted by man woman and child
ghosts, and those of animals from lions ,tigers
bears and even elephants. The spectral of
the roman era is said to be haunted by the
innocent and the moans of the dead are often
The Colosseum was used to host
gladiatorial shows as well as a variety of
other events. The shows, called munera, were
always given by individuals rather than the
state. They had a strong religious element
but were also demonstration of power and family
prestige, and were immensely popular with
the population. Another popular type of show
was the animal hunt, or venatio. This utilised
a great variety of wild beasts, mainly imported
from Africa, and included creatures such as
rhinoceros, hippos, elephants, giraffes, lions,
panthers, leopards, crocodiles and ostriches.
Battles and hunts were often staged amid elaborate
sets with movable trees and buildings. Such
events were occasionally on a huge scale;
Trajan is said to have celebrated his victories
in Dacia in 107 with contests involving 11,000
animals and 10,000 gladiators over the course
of 123 days.
The Colosseum has long been
regarded as having been the scene of numerous
martyrdoms of early Christians. However, this
belief appears to have arisen only around
the 16th century. Roman and early medieval
accounts refer to Christians being martyred
in various vaguely described locations in
Rome (in the amphitheatre, in the arena etc)
but without specifying which; there were,
in fact, numerous stadia, amphitheatres and
circuses in Rome. Saint Telemachus, for instance,
is often said to have died in the Colosseum,
but Theodoret's account of his death merely
states that it happened "in the stadium"
(eis to stadio). Similarly, the death of Saint
Ignatius of Antioch is recorded as having
been in "the arena", without specifying
which arena. In the Middle Ages, the Colosseum
was clearly not regarded as a sacred site.
But all Knew it was haunted and it remains
that way to this day.
New Orleans & The Tomb of Marie Laveau
The City of
New Orleans is by far the most haunted city
in The America's. With the number of ghost
sightings and mystical experiences. The Voodoo
Capital of America as it is often referred
to is the hotspot for spooks specters and
an array of otherworldly encounters. And makes
the list at number seven as the most truly
haunted Hotspot in the United States. Renowned
Paranormal Investigators from around the world
and weekend Ghost hunters flock to this very
haunted city to find out for themselves what
makes New Orleans truly really haunted! And
they all walk away with plans of returning
very, very soon.
Home to the
famed Cities Of The Dead, Above ground tombs
and the first known haunted house (Lauarie
Mansion) in the country. No wonder this very
haunted city makes the list. It is also home
to the legacy that was Marie Laveau. New Orleans
Ghosts are said to be the most active, Most
photographed and if I dare say lively of all
the spooks, specters Ghosts, Ghouls, Vampires,
Zombies, Banshee's, Voodoo Lwa's and Spirits,
Demons, Devil Babies Grunch, The Lost Dead,
Werewolves (Loupe Garou) and all the nameless
unholy things that go bump in the night in
the whole of The United States of America.
A very diverse
City with many, m any Haunted Houses, Haunted
Cemeteries, Haunted Streets, Haunted Buildings,
and Haunted Bayous. Many beleive their is
at least 16 - 30 ghosts to every living person
in the city tourist included at any given
has lived in The Crescent City usually has
more then one ghost story to tell. Encounters
with the unknown seem to make this a mystical
hotspot for Vampires, Voodoos', Witches, Ghosts,
Spirits, and Zombies. It is also home to a
swamp monster known as the Loupe Garou (or
rou-garou) The Cajun Werewolf or wolf man
and the American Chupacabra like Grunch sightings
of which continue to this day.
The City has
many connections to the past and historical
events that rocked the nation. It is also
a place where intrigue and bohemian lifestyle
of the occult has always thrived. Even the
great beast Aleister Crowley visited the City
in his lifetime just to experience it's power.
Onieda Toups formed the first charter to the
Religious Order of Witchcraft in the 1970's.
is not without it's many terrifying urban
legends. Tales of a Devil Baby the spawn of
Satan roaming the French Quarter for over
the past 150 years have never died. Grunch
Road, Haunted Mardi Gras parades, Haunted
buildings, Ghost filled Cemeteries and of
course the legend of the Lost Dead.
of Lost Dead have the same distinctive characteristics
as the bodies of vampires in folklore. They
do not decay or fall victim to corruption,
instead, they swell and may even attain a
"drum-like" form, they have a ruddy
complexion and their clothes are ill fitting
(either hanging on them or popping the seams),
and are, according to one account, "
Always life like and fresh from being gorged
with new blood of it's victim". They
look like a un kept person or a vagabond and
they may range in age from that of a young
child to the elderly.
of the Lost Dead are nearly always strange
and paranormal, verging from merely leaving
their above ground grave and tombs and "roaming
about" and being seen even on Bourbon
Street during the daylight hours.
things, this Louisiana creature is believed
to knock on the doors of houses or even in
New Orleans Hotels and business's and call
out the name of the persons inside. Much often
The Lost Dead or so likened to that of the
Banshee as a foreteller of death.
If The Lost
Dead gets no reply the first time comes to
a home, it will pass without causing any harm
but leave mud from the Cemetery on the door
step. If someone unfortunate does answer the
door, he or she will die a few days later
and become another of the Lost Dead and roam
New Orleans until Judgment Day. For this reason,
there is a superstition present that one should
not answer a door until the third knock or
ringing of the bell. The Lost dead are known
to slit your throat or wrist with a sharp
knife then hold you down and drink your blood.
wishing haunted tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie
Laveau is visited by people from around the
world. Located in St. Louis Cemetery Number
1 in New Orleans Louisiana. No one but Laveau
is synonymously with the religion then she.
Her tomb attracts thousand of visitor s each
year. Ghost photos happen here all the time
as well as EVP's and daily voodoo hoodoo rituals.
The cemetery it is in is also very haunted
and all of this in New Orleans deemed by many
as the most haunted city in America.
was the reigning Voodoo priestess of the nineteenth
century. New Orleans Voodoo as a social phenomenon
came into its heyday during the 1800’s.
Under Marie Laveau’s guidance Voodoo
thrived as a business, served as a form of
political influence, provided a source of
spectacle and entertainment, and was a means
of altruism. But what Voodoo is in its pure
form is religion: forms of worship brought
to Caribbean and American colonies through
the slave trade.
Due to slavery, the entire life of the transplanted
African was tragically altered. Naturally
the religious beliefs and practices would
change. This mutation of West African religion
under the strain of slavery ultimately gave
rise to the New-World phenomenon known as
“voodoo.” More than any one person,
Marie Laveau transformed the religious practices
of African slaves into a major social and
cultural institution of nineteenth-century
New Orleans. On many levels, her life was
an embodiment of New Orleans Voodoo.
To begin with, New Orleans Voodoo is steeped
in Catholicism. Marie Laveau, the most renowned
Voodoo figure in the history of North America,
has been buried in a Catholic cemetery which
has a separate section for Protestants. She
was a devout Catholic who attended Mass at
the St. Louis Cathedral nearly every day.
First public record of her appears at the
Cathedral, where she was married to Jacque
Paris on August 4, 1819. To a greater extent
than her predecessors, Marie Laveau would
mix holy water, Catholic prayers, incense,
and saints into the African-based Voodoo rites.
The Hoodoo Wishing
Controversy persists over where Marie Laveau
and her namesake daughter are buried. Some
say the latter reposes in the cemetery called
St. Louis No. 2 (Hauck 1996) in a "Marie
Laveau Tomb" there. However, that crypt
most likely contains the remains of another
voodoo queen named Marie, Marie Comtesse.
Numerous sites in as many cemeteries are said
to be the final resting place of one or the
other Marie Laveau (Tallant 1946, 129), but
the prima facie evidence favors the Laveau-Glapion
tomb in St. Louis No. 1 . It comprises three
stacked crypts with a "receiving vault"
below (that is, a repository of the remains
of those displaced by a new burial).
A contemporary of Marie II told
Tallant (1946, 126) that he had been present
when she died of a heart attack at a ball
in 1897, and insisted: "All them other
stories ain't true. She was buried in the
Basin Street graveyard they call St. Louis
No. I, and she was put in the same tomb with
her mother and the rest of her family."
That tomb's carved inscription
records the name, date of death, and age (62)
of Marie II: "Marie Philome Glapion,
décédé le 11 Juin 1897,
ágée de Soixante-deux ans."
A bronze tablet affixed to the tomb announces,
under the heading "Marie Laveau,"
that "This Greek Revival Tomb Is Reputed
Burial Place of This Notorious 'Voodoo Queen'
. . . ," presumably a reference to the
original Marie. Corroborative evidence that
she was interred here is found in her obituary
("Death" 1881) which notes that
"Marie Laveau was buried in her family
tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1." Guiley
(2000) asserts that, while Marie Laveau I
is reportedly buried here, "The vault
does not bear her name." However, I was
struck by the fact that the initial two lines
of the inscription on the Laveau-Glapion tomb
read, "Famille Vve. Paris / née
Laveau." Obviously, "Vve."
is an abbreviation for Veuve, "Widow";
therefore the phrase translates, "Family
of the Widow Paris, born Laveau"-namely
Marie Laveau I. I take this as evidence that
here is indeed the "family tomb."
Robert Tallant (1946, 127) suggests: "Probably
there was once an inscription marking the
vault in which the first Marie was buried,
but it has been changed for one marking a
later burial. The bones of the Widow Paris
must lie in the receiving vault below."
The Laveau-Glapion tomb is a
focal point for commercial voodoo tours. Some
visitors leave small gifts at the site-coins,
Mardi Gras beads, candles, etc.-in the tradition
of voodoo offerings. Many follow a custom
of making a wish at the tomb. The necessary
ritual for this has been variously described.
The earliest version I have found (Tallant
1946, 127) says that people would "knock
three times on the slab and ask a favor,"
noting: "There are always penciled crosses
on the slab. The sexton washes the crosses
away, but they always reappear." A more
recent source advises combining the ritual
with an offering placed in the attached cup:
"Draw the X, place your hand over it,
rub your foot three times against the bottom,
throw some silver coins into the cup, and
make your wish" (Haskins 1990). Yet again
we are told that petitioners are to "leave
offerings of food, money and flowers, then
ask for Marie's help after turning around
three times and marking a cross with red brick
on the stone" (Guiley 2000, 216).
In recent days a controversy
has arisen regarding the legend and practice
of marking the alleged final resting place
of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau with X’s
in the infamous “wish spell” ritual
popularized throughout the past several decades
by certain companies, groups and individuals
working in the New Orleans tourism industry.
At the center of the controversy
are attacks on this web site for posting stories
about the legacy of Marie Laveau and the enduring
legend of the "wish spell" X-marking
practice. We have been repeatedly accused
of encouraging what has now been designated
a criminal activity. To clarify, the threats
have only come from one individual within
the industry who is not a native of New Orleans
or the South, yet who, ironically, makes a
living by the daily exploitation of the legends
and folklore of this City.
The X practice is now so well-known,
having been documented in hundreds of books,
newspaper reports, web sites, local histories
and travel books and brochures over the years,
that what began as well-intentioned attempts
to stop what some see as desecration have
been given more "teeth" with the
threat of arrest, prosecution and imprisonment.
Those caught in the act of marking
on the Laveau tomb, or any other edifice within
the historic New Orleans cemeteries, may be
subject to police action.
The markings are, understandably,
frowned upon by the owners of the tomb --
the Glapion family -- who have complained
literally for years for the appropriate authorities
to put an end to the activity. Now that regulatory
action has at last been taken in response
to the family's ongoing appeals, the local
tourism industry seems to suddenly be singing
a different tune.
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