Legend of The Manchac Swamp

Manchac Swamp, located in Louisiana not far from the city of New Orleans is known for fishing, duck hunting, and swamp tours. However, according to local legend, there are creatures within the Manchac Swamp that are much scarier than alligators, called Rougarou, the Cajun werewolf. It is also home to Julie White, who, when she was alive, used to sit on her porch and predict the destruction of nearby villages. On the day of her funeral in 1915, a hurricane actually slammed into the region and wiped out three villages. To this day, people still embark on nocturnal strolls around Manchac to disturb White’s ghost, like someone who prods a fierce and beautiful sleeping animal.

Julie White is a Voodoo priestess who resided there in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In those days, Voodoo was quite prominent in Louisiana, having been brought to these shores by West African slaves during the colonial period, as well as refugees escaping the Haitian revolution of the 18th and early 19th centuries.

One of White’s favorite pastimes was to predict the destruction of the neighboring towns. They called her the oracle, because if something bad was going to happen, Julie White already knew about it.

In 1915, one of her most terrifying (and infamous) predictions came true on the day of her funeral. Just before she died, Julie was heard singing over and over agian...

"One day I'm gonna die, and I'm gonna take all of you with me.”

Turned out the prophecy (or curse) was true, and as the town was putting her body in the ground, a devastating hurricane ripped through the area, completely destroying three villages and killing hundreds of people. Even today, it’s not uncommon for a body to surface and drift down the murky water.




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