Voodoo shopping in Louisiana
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Just around the corner from Bourbon St, this voodoo shop gamely makes its pitch amid the drunken hordes. Step inside and it’s plain to see this is one religious store that’s not bent on snuffing out the party. There’s an altar at the entry with a serious note not to disrespectfully take photos, and then there is the truly splendiferous display of plaster-of-Paris statuettes imported from the Santeria realms of Brazil. All of them are fun and charming, and many are simply beautiful. Works of folk art are mass produced. They laugh at death, celebrate sex and honor great figures in history. Some make great gifts to take back home – such as the smiling bust of Louis…
This place is about the serious side of the occult, lest we’ve got the idea the whole thing’s been cooked up for our own amusement. This scholarly shop sells books concerning voodoo and the occult, and also has a few shelves of potions and voodoo dolls. The staff are knowledgeable, so fire away with questions if you’re genuinely interested. Otherwise, walk on by.