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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Eroticism and Lovemaking Same-sex and transgendered eroticism have been
associated with the realm of the sacred since antiquity in many cultures ... In
ancient Egypt, the god of writing, THOTH, presided over the anus and anal
In some traditions of Hindu TANTRA, male-male anal intercourse is "believed to
energize the artistic, poetic, and mystical faculties." In Hinduism, the anus and
anal intercourse are especially associated with the elephant-headed deity ...
The torque itself comes to signify the anus, anal intercourse, and argr behavior.
By extension, to form the hands into a ring is to suggest that one holds the power
to cause another to submit to, or to cause another to desire, anal intercourse.
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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