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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In one il pindja , two women ( one older , the other younger , possibly suggesting
initiation ) are being carried by a magical bird toward a man who desires them .
At one point in their journey , they find themselves in the upper branches of a tall
Unlike other Zulu women , she is allowed to " carry a shield and a spear , those
badges of manhood , " and she enjoys ... Today , the tradition of the ishquicuink is
carried on by gay men who serve as ritual artists , as in stringing pine needles in
Gold , silver , and other images of the Goddess were carried by the megabyzoi
and priestesses to all parts of the city for public viewing . At least one of the
statues was dressed in an ornate purple and gold actaea . Megabyzoi and
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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