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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Her personality, which spans the roles of both genders, provides a unique frame
of reference for all aspects of sexual behavior [and the] capacity for gender
metamorphosis." Inanna is often depicted as a HIERODULE, "visiting 'taverns'
Nyame's feminine aspect is identified with the MOON, her/his masculine aspect
with the SUN. It is Nyame who decides the fate of each human prior to birth. Five
is her/his sacred number. Nymph Beautiful female nature spirits of Greek religion
Obatala (also, in certain aspects, Oxala, Olofi) In the Yoruba-diasporic pantheon,
the orishd Obatala is the demiurge, lawgiver, and peacemaker. Obatala is
commonly depicted as an androgynous being having long white hair and
dressed in ...
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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