Louisiana’s Sacred Places: Churches, Cemeteries and Voodoo

by Deborah Burst

Foreword by Mona L. Hayden

The first book in a continuing series of Louisiana’s sacred places…

Louisiana enjoys a singular mystery drawn from its mélange of cultures and customs and no one delivers this eccentric collage like author and photographer Deborah Burst. Only in Louisiana will you find hauntingly beautiful cities of the dead, the serenity of historic churches along a winding river road, and the mesmerizing calling of spirits in a Voodoo ceremony.

Louisiana’s Sacred Places takes you on a personal tour of Louisiana’s most solemn and revered locales. From New Orleans’ most telling portraits of eternal architecture to St. Roch Chapel’s chamber of miracles filled with relics of pain and suffering. Burst’s vivid photography and discerning eye bring the spirits and celestial wonder to life in every frame.

Moving north along the cypress bayous learn the mysteries of the Creole tradition in lighting the graves on All Saints Day. Follow the trail west along the muddy Mississippi where country chapels whisper tales of survival against the river’s mighty floods. In the Feliciana Parishes nineteenth-century churches and mansions are rife with tales of Civil War casualties laid to rest under scenic weeping oaks. And in New Orleans take an insiders’ view of Voodoo ceremonies, the city’s jazz funerals, and post-mortem parties fit for a king. Proving once again that this soulful city and state celebrate death with the same joyous zeal as they celebrate life.

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“Delightfully vivid bringing to life all the favorite haunts of the lively spirits both living and dead.”

Anne RiceNew Orleans native and lauded author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and best known for The Vampire Chronicles featuring Lestat

“Louisiana’s Sacred Places takes us on a journey through one of the most historic—and haunted—states from country churchyard to urban cemetery. Deborah Burst knows Louisiana’s places of reflection and contemplation, but he also knows the places of mystery.” 

Lee FroehlichEditor-At-Large Playboy Magazine

“I personally believe we bury our dead above ground because it’s easier for them to get out at night and walk around the city. In her book, Deborah has captured the true essence of the Voodoo religion, and the souls of New Orleans both living and dead.”

Sallie Ann GlassmanVoodoo Priestess of New Orleans and author of “Vodou Visions, An Encounter with Divine Mystery.”

“A compelling read the book brings to life the historic culture hidden behind closed doors and buried deep inside the raised tombs. Witness chapels filled with rusted leg braces, tombs with open doors, and the mesmerizing chants at Voodoo ceremonies. The spirits are alive and waiting.”

Sue QuirozPresident of the Anne Rice Lestat Vampire Fan Club

Louisiana’s Sacred Places blurs the lines between the sacred and the profane. Author and photographer Deborah Burst combines her love for art, history and architecture into a poetic trail of churches, cemeteries and Voodoo ceremonies.

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New Orleans

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