New Orleans Voodoo History and New Orleans Voodoo Information ~ A glimpse into the History of Voodoo in New Orleans
A brief history of New Orleans Voodoo by Priestess Kalila Smith, native New Orleans practitioner. This provides us a glimpse into the history of Voodoo in New Orleans. Priestess Kalila has published many books, papers and historical tours on this topic; we couldn’t have found a more renowned expert on New Orleans Voodoo, History of New Orleans Voodoo and accurate New Orleans Voodoo information and thrilled she is part of the Erzulie’s Voodoo family.
The roots of Voodoo have been traced all the way back to Africa thousands of years ago. The Yoruba people of Southwestern and eastern Dahomey and Togo/Nigeria founded a great city called Ife. It is from the religious beliefs of Ife that Voodoo as we know it today has evolved. In 1799, a slave uprising in Haiti brought the Free People of Color and their Voodoo religion. These people had no reason to believe that they could not come to this city and worship freely. The first Voodoo Queen in New Orleans was Sanite’ DeDe, a young woman who bought her way to freedom, she would later be teacher and mentor to the most famous Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau! She would hold rituals in her courtyard on Dumaine (the same street Erzulie’s is located) and Chartres Streets, just blocks away from the Cathedral.