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 her queer-theoretical essay "Tracking the Vampire," postmodernist theorist Sue
-Ellen Case, in describing what she terms a "queer compound," echoes this view,
in linking same-sex desire, "gender inversion," and "ontological shift" (roughly, ...
Central to Buddhism is the doctrine of the Four Noble Truths: that life is full of
suffering; that suffering is caused by desire; that in order to eliminate suffering,
one must eliminate desire; and that one may eliminate desire by following the
222 focus on particular forms of desire and love. Another characteristic of many
ancient love spells is their insistence that the desired party fall in love with the
magician, even if this appears to be contrary to the desired one's will. In the late ...
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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