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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Caravaggio , Michelangelo Merisi da ( 1571-1610 ) Homoerotically inclined
Italian painter who frequently depicted the ... and the sacred , as in Young
Bacchus and Victorious Love , the latter depicting EROS as a puckish , seductive
As a god of fertility , Osiris is depicted as having an erect phallus . ... Roger
Bastide has described Oys as a “ queen who vanquishes death , ” while
Macumba priestess Mari - José depicts her as a warrior who dwells “ in the sky ,
armed and ...
The Shooting Gods twins are depicted in rituals , such as the Night Chant , by
men wearing female costume . Shrieking Scorpion In the visionary cosmos of
queeridentified writer William BURROUGHS in The Western Lands ( 1987 ) , 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