Episode 15 – Witch Titties at the Moose Lodge

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Marie Laveau

Marie Laveau is perhaps the most notorious and mythologized character in New Orleans’ colored history. While she wasn’t the first, she was certainly the most famous priestess of NOLA’s voodoo tradition. Much of her story is shrouded by mystery and time, but we do know that she was a Creole woman (a person of mixed descent, usually Afro/European, always a baptized Catholic) and a free woman of color in the era of American slavery. She was a devout Catholic by day and a voodoo priestess by night. Local legend went that Marie Laveau never grew old and could not die – a legend likely strengthened by the fact that she had a voodoo priestess daughter, also named Marie Laveau. People often mistook mother for daughter, or vice versa. This public confusion around Marie Laveau’s age and identity added to the myths around her immortality.

Marie the 2nd was perhaps even more well-known than her mother, hosting massive weekly voodoo gatherings on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain that drew hundreds of attendees. Both women provided medicinal and ritual aid to their community, though the exact extent of their powers remains unknown. Some New Orleanians adored the Laveaus, others despised them, but just about everybody in town feared and respected them. To this day, Marie Laveau is invoked in voodoo rituals, and her indelible mark can be found in the art, legend, and spiritual landscape of New Orleans. The body of Marie Laveau the 1st is supposedly entombed in New Orleans’ St. Louis No. 1 Cemetery in the French Quarter. The final resting place of Marie Laveau the 2nd has never been found.

Learn more about the history and myths surrounding Marie Laveau in “Episode 15 – Witch Titties at the Moose Lodge.”

-CJ

“La Planchada”

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In the Sisterhood’s SpOoOoOky episode, Melissa introduced “La Planchada” a legendary female ghost in Mexican folklore. “La Planchada” was a nurse that worked at Hospital Juarez in Mexico City who continues to appear in her old 1920’s nurse uniform, perfectly ironed and crisp. Legend has it this ghostly nurse was a real woman by the name of Eulalia who had a reputation for being loved by her patients due to her undivided attention and care. *Dun, dun, duuunnnnnn*. But then a sexy doctor joined the hospital staff, gave Eulalia that good D, proposed to her, cheated on her, broke her heart and left her in a deep state of depression. Eulalia was so distracted by sorrow that she began neglecting her patients, resulting in the death of a patient under her watch. Oops!

Eulalia fell ill realizing the horrible mistake she’d made, and ultimately died in the hospital where she worked. Alas, Eulalia came back reincarnated as “La Planchada” and floats the hospital hallways checking up on patients, many of which have seen her and been cured by her. Talk about a comeback! You go Glen Cocoooo, I mean, La Planchada!

Check out “Episode 15 – Witch Titties at the Moose Lodge” to learn more about this spooky legendary tale + bonus story about Melissa fear of raccoons!

-Melissa

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