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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In a recent article, "Homosexuality and Hinduism" (1993), Arvind Sharma, a
professor of comparative religion at McGill University, states categorically: "Thus,
although within classical Hinduism homosexuality was only a matter of marginal
His attraction to the sacred eventually led him to explore other spiritual traditions,
particularly Hinduism, and to view EROTICISM as a bridge to enlightenment. He
described his first homosexual experience in beatific terms - he felt suddenly ...
Talan Dish of fried pastry served as an offering to the Hindu goddess
BAHUCHARAMATA and to her transgendered devotees, the HIJRAS. Taledhek
In Javanese culture, court servants who were said to be homoerotically inclined
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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