In the biggest surprise of SuperBowl 2013, it was the lights going down, not the losing team that is the talk of the town. For 34 minutes, half of the SuperDome in New Orleans was in darkness, causing a delay of game for the biggest event of the year.
NFL.com reported on this incident by saying… “About two hours after the game, won by the Ravens in a 34-31 thriller, officials revealed that an “abnormality” in the power system triggered an automatic shutdown, forcing backup systems to kick in. But they weren’t sure what caused the initial problem.”
While the Ravens and the 49ers stretched on the sidelines to remain limber and sportscasters rambled on to fill the time, my thoughts couldn’t help but wonder if the Voodoo Priestesses had been invited in this year to bless the Dome in order to appease the spirits who reside there. My guess is that they had not, and so mayhem was the result.
Before you shake your head in bewilderment, allow me to explain a bit of the history of the SuperDome in New Orleans and the resident ghosts and spirits reported to remain there…
Back in 1822, the Girod Street Cemetery was established as an above ground cemetery with over two thousand wall vaults and one thousand tombs with some tombs rising eight tiers high above the ground. Thirty thousand people were buried here over the decades. Over time, the privately owned cemetery languished in great disrepair and was all but forgotten. In 1957, the cemetery was deconsecrated and the remains were moved to other cemeteries in order for a new structure to be built on these grounds. Workers moved in with bulldozers to dig into the ground and to their surprise, the unsightly excavation of human bones and remains were pulled up with each dig of the shovel, proving that not all of the bodies had been identified from this area and moved to the new location.
On these former burial grounds, the Louisiana Superdome was built, which is the home to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. Legend has it that the spirits were angry and restless after being moved from their burial grounds and so they cursed the Saints from winning.
In order to counteract this curse, Voodoo Priestesses were routinely called in before football games to appease the spirits and ask for their forgiveness. Catholic priests and nuns also attend the games to bless the stadium while sprinkling holy water and calling in St. Michael to assist the spirits in letting go and moving on.
Reportedly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, where so many residents sought shelter from the flood waters inside the Superdome, the curse was lifted by the spirits who felt so sorry for the people of New Orleans and the enormous price they paid during the flood. These spirits now comfort the people of New Orleans and support their home team, opening the pathway for the Saints to win their first ever Super Bowl in 2010.
Word on the street these days though is that the current management has moved away in the past several years from allowing voodoo practitioners to make an offering for peace before the games and that this has affected the Saints playing as well as operations at the SuperDome as the spirits are displeased. Was tonight’s “abnormality” partially paranormal? No one knows for sure, but perhaps it wouldn’t hurt to bring back the voodoo rituals for peace as a safeguard for future events.
For much more information about the paranormal activities in New Orleans, check out my book – Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and the Cities of the Dead.
More about Kala Ambrose… An award winning author, national columnist, inspirational speaker, and host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, Kala Ambrose is on a mission to educate, entertain and inspire. Her books, The Awakened Aura: Experiencing the Evolution of Your Energy Body and 9 Life Altering Lessons: Secrets of the Mystery Schools Unveiled reveal ancient wisdom teachings and how their techniques can be used in modern day living. Kala also shares her love of history, travel, and the spirit world in her books Spirits of New Orleans and Ghosthunting North Carolina. These books are designed to explore the history of cities in an entertaining manner while sharing haunted stories and offering travel tips on how to best see the cities to shop, dine, stay, and visit the haunted sites.
Kala writes for the Huffington Post, the Examiner, AOL, Yahoo and Fate Magazine and presents workshops nationally on the Mind/Body/Spirit connection including Auras and Energy Fields, Entrepreneur Intuition, Haunted History, and Wisdom Teachings at the Omega Institute, John Edward Presents Infinite Quest, the Learning Annex, LilyDale Assembly, Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. and the Daily Om. More about Kala at www.ExploreYourSpirit.com