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New York Folklore Vol. 15. Nos. 1-2, Winter-Spring 1989
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Vol. XV, Nos. 1-2, 1989


Editor’s Farewell iii

Editorial Essay:
Satanism: Where Are The Folklorists?

A Rumor-Panic about a Dangerous Satanic Cult in Western New York
Jeffrey S. Victor 23

The Mother-Daughter Dialogue in the Yiddish Folk Song: Wandering Motifs in Time and Space
Robert A. Rothstein 51

Folklore Notes
Axel Gustafson (1867–1945): Folk Sculptor of Franklinville, New York
Suzanne and James Hofmeister 67

Eastern European Motifs in the Work of Three Women Folk Artists

Mary B. Kelly

The Ghost of Old Fort Niagara

Brian Leigh Dunnigan

Alvin Bronson’s Rocking Chair
Alice K. Askins 105

Fragments of 19th Century Folk Belief in New York Court Reports
Robert A. Emery 111

The American Who Fought on the Other Side

Christopher J. Feola


Review Essay
Women, Folklore, Feminism, and Culture
Joyce Ice 121


Bronner, American Folklore Studies: An Intellectual History (Nicolaisen), 139; Zumwalt, American Folklore Scholarship: A Dialogue of Dissent (Nicolaisen), 142; Currey, Edward Lansdale: The Unquiet American (Fish), 145; Johnson, ed., Cadences: The Jody Call Book, Nos. 1 and 2 (Burke), 147; Wachs, Crime Victim Stories: New York City’s Urban Folklore (Grider), 149; Krause, ed., The Ties that Bind: Folk Art in Contemporary American Culture (Kerman), 150; Koperski, The Iconography of Rebirth: Aspects of the Polish-American Easter Celebration, and Ritual Renewal: Polish-American Easter Traditions (Fish), 152; Hillerman, A Thief of Time (Engelbrecht), 153.

Correspondence and Commentary, 155; Contributors to This Issue, 163; Advertisers, 165



“In the Spring of 1988, rumors about a dangerous satanic cult spread throughout the rural areas of Western New York, Northwest Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. The rumor stories made claims about secret ritual meetings, the killing of cats, dogs and other animals, and the drinking of animal blood, and predicted the imminent kidnapping and sacrifice of a blond, blue-eyed virgin. The stories focused upon specific, local circumstances from town to town, yet they carried remarkably similar symbolic content.” From the “A Rumor Panic about a Dangerous Satanic Cult in Western New York,” by Jeffrey S. Victor

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