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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The NAASSENES, a Gnostic sect incorporating homoerotic intimacy, believed in
a gynandrous or androgynous deity which they envisioned as a boundless ocean
named BYTHOS or "The Deep" or as an UROBORUS, a serpent biting its tail, ...
beginnings of time have suggested to some mythologists a link to primordial
androgyny, which has led them to see a cosmic pattern of original androgyny (
Atlas) being split into masculine (Hermes) and feminine (Aphrodite) and then
Awonawilona Androgynous, third gender, or TWO- SPIRIT creator of the Zuni
people of New Mexico. Awonawilona creates the sky-father and the earth-mother
by pulling skin off his/her body, rolling it into balls, and tossing the balls into the ...
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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