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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Kolhamana is typically impersonated by male two-spirits (LHAMANA) and female
two-spirits (KATSOTSr). Kombabos The King of Syria once asked a young friend,
Kombabos, to escort the Queen, Stratonic, to Hierapolis, where a temple to the ...
This was the spirit of a beautiful young man who had once been loved by a king,
but who had been murdered while still young by a jealous courtier. The spirit told
Lu that a demonic deity named Wutong (also Wulang) had fallen in love with ...
In Verdi's Un Bella in Maschera (1859), romantic and political intrigue, poisonous
herbs, and murder are foregrounded, while the bisezuality of the Swedish King
Gustavus III (1746-1792) is masked. A majority of the operas of Richard Wagner ...
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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