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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It also gave rise to legends concerning mythical lands, including BLACK TEETH
COUNTRY, MEN'S COUNTRY, WOMEN'S COUNTRY, and WOMEN'S KINGDOM
, as well as to legends concerning actual sites, such as CHAO TIAN GONG and ...
Sharma is probably correct concerning the attitudes of many twentieth-century
Hindus living in India. His certainty concerning earlier attitudes, while supported
by other social constructionists like Nayan Shah, appears to be contradicted or at
Furthermore, Rufus died on Lammas morning, the date of an important Celtic
festival concerning sacrifice and the harvest. Still further, the Earl of Cornwall
claimed to have seen, shortly after Rufus's death, a goat carrying the corpse of
the King ...
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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