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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Evidence suggests that Azande women engaging in same-sex eroticism also
may have engaged in magical practices or served as spiritual functionaries. In
folkloric belief, they were associated with witchcraft and were linked to the
Indeed, homoeroticism in general and anal intercourse in particular are referred
to as liwat , while those (primarily men) engaging in these behaviors are referred
to as qaum Lut or Luti, "the people of Lot." The Prophet Muhammad is believed ...
In this way, it is speculated that Bogomil/iougre became associated in France (
and later in England, as "bugger") with persons engaging in same-sex eroticism,
and more specifically, males engaging in anal intercourse. Bohme, Jakob (or ...
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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