Cassell's Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol, and Spirit: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Lore
Did you know that in medieval French folklore a person might change sex by passing under a rainbow? Or that same-sex unions have been celebrated by peoples of the ancient Mediterranean, Africa, China, and indigenous America? Or that Sappho, da Vinci, Emily Dickinson, Nijinsky, Benjamin Britten, Mishima, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Keith Haring, Boy George, and Derek Jarman number among those who have explored the spiritual dimension of gender and sexuality in their works? While the terms many of us employ today to identify ourselves - 'queer', 'lesbian', 'gay', 'bisexual', 'transgendered' - differ markedly from those of peoples of other times and places, we are nevertheless the bearers of a rich spiritual history that has been ignored or suppressed, a history encoded in sacred texts as well as in works of art, music, dance and other media. Drawing upon religion, mythology, folklore, anthropology, history and the arts, the Encyclopedia is a cornucopia of queer spirituality, containing over 1,500 alphabetically arranged entries from Aakulujjuusi to Zeus.
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143 FREYJA Found Goddesses (1 988) This witty, sardonic, totally late twentieth-
century approach to Goddess Reverence by Morgan Grey and Julia Penelope,
with illustrations by Alison Bechdel, introduces us to divine beings including: ...
A foremother of the fairy tale witch, Freyja rides upon a cat. In later centuries,
Freyja, like other originally peaceful deities, becomes a goddess of battle, having
the responsibility of overseeing the spirits of fallen warriors. The jardarmen, a ...
Like the Greek HERMES, he is also a thief, stealing, among other things, Freyja's
magic necklace. In his more sinister manifestation, he is the slayer of Balder (the
Aesic APOLLO) and a catalyst of universal destruction. A protean being, Loki ...
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Conner (Blossom of Bone: Reclaiming the Connections Between Homoeroticism and the Sacred, HarperCollins, 1993), ethnomusicologist David Sparks, and their daughter, Mariya Sparks, have written an ... Read full review