New Orleans series part 3/5
New Orleans voodoo is not unlike the city's signature dish - a gumbo - a syncretism of African religious tradition and Catholicism from the region's French, Spanish and Creole populations. However, voodoo, long met with equal doses of fascination and disapproval, was for a long time practiced in secret, with people mistaking it for "black magic." A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina prompted a mass exodus of voodoo practitioners, many of whom never came back. But as Richelle Harrison Plesse reports, in recent years the city has seen a voodoo revival.