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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Courtright suggests that this association is symbolized by Ganesha's craving for
sweets, which "evokes associations of oral eroticism." This association is also
suggested, according to some scholars, by an event in Ganesha's life, when
When Parvati (or Shakti) and Shiva merge, they become the androgynous or
transgendered ARDHANARISHvARA. Pashupata Branch of the Hindu cult of the
god SH I VA as the "lord (pati) of cattle" who "helps his creatures (pashu ) to free ...
Shiva Phallic deity of the Hindu pantheon, the lord of yoga, the guardian of
animals, the conqueror of fear and suffering, whose worship probably dates to
the second millenium BCE. It is Shiva, as Nataraj, who dances the world into and
out of ...
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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