My connection to New Orleans is largely centered around music and food — after all, there’s no shortage of both in this incredible southern American city, ripe with history and ancient stories. Some of you may have been there for Mardi Gras and others may have retreated here for a romantic getaway.
Spirits of New Orleans
In this gem of a read, Kala Ambrose takes you back to her roots and gives you a behind the scenes look of the Spirits of New Orleans. She was actually born in Louisiana, so in this book on voodoo curses, vampire legends and cities of the dead, she weaves in all the cultures and influences she was exposed to and that shaped her, from the arts and music to spirituality.
She explores the haunted history of the city and searches for those who decided to make New Orleans their eternal home as a resting place for some and a point of revenge for others.
Prepare to embark on an enticing journey into the haunted history, paranormal activities, magical ceremonies and supernatural rituals and practices in order to fully understand and embrace the cultural significance of the variety of beliefs, superstitions, legends and lore.
You’ll visit the resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery #1 — Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo on Bourbon Street offers talismans and psychic readings.
You will also learn where to have a drink at some of the most haunted bars in the city and where to sleep in a haunted hotel.
In this book, you’ll tread through haunted Pirates Alley and down the streets of the French Quarter where ghosts, vampires and other supernatural beings lurk around every corner. Yes, even today.
Haunted New Orleans
So, just how haunted is this historical city? Spirits of New Orleans takes you behind the scenes from graves and bars to hotels and cafes. Visit the LaLaurie House and connect with the ghostly monk at Place d’Armes, and hear the ghosts at Hotel Monteleone, which has been a favorite haunt of many famous writers, including William Faulkner, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Anna Rice, Ernest Hemingway, John Grisham and more.
Jackson Square is a paranormal researcher’s delight and the Old Ursuline Convent on Chartres Street was rampant with vampires who on occasion, apparently return to walk the grounds. Kala says that Pirates Alley is very supernaturally active (she says its great for paranormal researchers to visit). You can also learn about ghostly harem dancing for the Sultan at the Gardette–LePrete House.
Bayou St. John and the City Park area are apparently two of the most powerful magical areas in the city and you’ll explore the Haunted Archway and other legends once you step foot into Congo Square, in the Treme neighborhood.
She also takes you through a number of cemeteries in and around the city — if you want to increase your likelihood of paranormal activity, head on over to St. Patrick Cemetery #3, which is a burial ground for many of Irish immigrants.
Here, there have been sightings of zombie and the “old woman ghost” who has been known to attach herself to visitors.
As your travel guide to the other side, Kala shares travel tips in each chapter of the book listing the best places to stay, shop, dine and party while in New Orleans!
Kala Ambrose is a spiritual teacher, speaker, host of Explore Your Spirit with Kala and a practical intuitive coach and guide. In other words, “Your Travel Guide to the Other Side.” You can also learn through her at The Academy of Mystical Arts & Spiritual Sciences, and find out more on her website Explore Your Spirit.
Her books will expand your knowledge, make you more comfortable with the spiritual world and help guide you on your life journey. Check out our book section as well as well as our Spiritual Books section.
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