Blue Oyster Occult Rituals, 2017  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Donnelly, Elizabeth
Blue Oyster Occult Rituals
2017 (inclusive)
0.02 linear feet

1 folder
Collection Number
Elizabeth Donnelly was a student of folklore at the University of Oregon. This collection includes an essay and fieldwork documentation relating to this student's folklore fieldwork project.
University of Oregon, Archives of Northwest Folklore
1287 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Telephone: 541-346-3925
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for access in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Although my focus was on adolescent occult rituals, I ended up collecting a variety of family legends, memorates, and other random folk rhymes and stories.

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Restrictions on Use

This collection is open for use in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Restrictions on Use

Collection includes a project release form signed by collector. Collection includes informant release forms signed by informants.

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Master SheetReturn to Top

Project Release FormReturn to Top

Informant Release FormsReturn to Top

Folklore Text SheetsReturn to Top

Memorate: Sleep Paralysis Shadowman
Joy to the World
Alien Eggs
No Johns
The Stolen Donnelly Civil War Gold
Civil War Soldiers
Bootleg Boys
One-Eyed Bandit
Exploding Spices
World War II
Memorial Tattoo
Adolescent Occult Rituals
Luper Legend
The Grave
Sand Game
Bloody Mary
Ghost Rabbit

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Description Dates
P01_2018_107_01: Memorial Tattoo
Donnelly, Elizabeth
1.0 photographic print(s)
Transcribed from audio: "My best friend for a long time wa this woman named Makala. I got this tattoo to symbolize our connection when I was 19. I was completely in love with her but in denial because she was straight. You know how that goes. I was pretty interested in astrology at the time, the 'M' is the for, for Scorpio which is Makala, at the end of the 'M' it has a tail with an arrow at the end which is my sign, Saggitarius. I thought it would be fun to have our signs connected. Funnily enough, my tattoo wasn't as connected as I wanted to be, which is basically how our friendship was in reality. We're not friends anymore, I still love her and believe we're incredibly connected. To be honest she's like my shadow self. We're almost exactly alike but I was luckier in life than she was. Eating disorders, drugs, self harm and shit, we made all the same mistakes but she got fucked over for them all and I didn't. So I don't feel bad about getting a tattoo about someone I'm not friends with anymore, life changes all the time, I'm cool with the fact that I had stronger feelings about the tattoo and her in the past than now. It still means something to me."

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  • Subject Terms :
  • adolescent girls
  • adolescent occult rituals
  • Adolescents
  • Appalachia
  • Appalachians (People)
  • Children
  • civil war
  • Family
  • Family Lore
  • folk illusions
  • ghosts
  • memorates
  • Occult
  • School
  • school yard
  • sleep paralysis
  • sleepovers
  • tattoos (body markings) USE: tattooing
  • Personal Names :
  • Delf, Katherine
  • Donnelly, Elizabeth
  • Donnelly, Forrest
  • Van Drew, Alanna
  • Geographical Names :
  • folk
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Fieldwork project
  • memorial
  • rituals