Friday, October 8, 2010

The Haunted Beauregard-Keyes House


Can be found across from the Convent of Ursula in the French Quarter.
Address: 1113 Charles Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.


This grand mansion, built in 1812, is a strong candidate for being the most haunted house in New Orleans. General Pierre Gustave Toutant de Beauregard lived in this house until 1869. General Beauregard was the commanding officer of the Southern troops at the bloody battle at Shiloh.

At 2:00 in the morning, on foggy, moonlit nights, General Beauregard and his troops materialize out of the wood paneled walls along the hallway near the ballroom. The living are treated to the clattering footsteps of his entire phantom troops. All the soldier apparitions and the General appear in full Confederate dress uniform, and then slowly turn bloody and tattered, as if they are revisiting their bloody battle.
Also, an apparition fiddler player and dancing entities have their own dance party in the ballroom, complete with fiddle music, perhaps reenacting a happier time.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

An Overview of New Orleans

At first thought, when someone thinks of New Orleans they think of Voodoo however you are just as likely to find Hoodoo, Santeria (Cuban origins), Chango, Naniguismo, Candomble (Brazil) and most popularly Macumba.

Loa – Gods and Deities

Hu – “Neptune,” god of the sea
Ibo Lele – A forest god or spirit
Ogu-Balindjo – Sometimes known as a sea-god, at other times as healer