Voodoo queen Marie Laveau’s tomb is regularly vandalized by those who think their wishes will be granted by painting an ‘X’. Now someone has gone beyond that, and painted it all pink, highlighting the problem with cemetery maintenance in NOLA.
Two weeks ago, in the middle of the night, someone sneaked into the cemetery and painted the tomb, Dodge said, but she didn’t think the person had any malicious intent.
“The person really came in to paint over the thousands of thousands of “X”‘s all over this tomb,” she said. “And that’s the real desecration.”
Decades ago, someone started a rumor that if people wanted Laveau to grant them a wish, they had to draw an “X” on the tomb, turn around three times, knock on the tomb, yell out their wish, and if it was granted, come back, circle their “X,” and leave Laveau an offering, Dodge said.
The desecration of the tomb is sad. People believe in the superstition that she will grant them their wishes. The article notes that painting the porous marble traps moisture and heat and ruins it. An attempt to clean the paint off is being assessed. Many cemeteries in New Orleans have been abandoned.
Tip: Jeb Card