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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17 GODDESS REVERENCE the same way this sense apprehends the beauty of
a naked body as more than skin, hair, bone, blood, in the same way that the
Catholic Church apprehends itself in all its parts as the living Mystical Body of
And the pains which I endured in one body were powers which I wielded in the
next; and I grew in strength, till at last I stood before him [Satan] complete, and
with a body like his own and equal in might - exultant in pride and joy. / Then he ...
Many Qabbalists have also accepted the doctrine of transmigration, whereby the
soul, upon death, passes into another body. The notion that a female soul might
take up residence in a male body was discussed in the mid-twelfth century by ...
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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