On Magnolia Bridge over Bayou St. John, Island of Salvation Botanica and La Source Ancienne Ounfo will continue a two-decade voodoo tradition with the annual St. John’s Eve head-washing ceremony on Tuesday (June 23), with a nod to the famous priestess Marie Laveau.

According to historians, the head-washing is similar to a voodoo baptism and can be a precursor to being initiated into the religion. The ceremony leaves the person feeling refreshed, according to New Orleans voodoo priestess Sallie Ann Glassman, who has traced New Orleans’ voodoo tradition back to 1719.

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