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 African cultures, same-sex EROTICISM and androgyny, or transgenderism,
have often been linked to other traits, including military prowess. These traits
have combined to form a domain or web of associations which manifests itself as
At the time of the Spanish Conquest, Aztec religious authorities did not in the
main sanction same-sex eroticism nor did they approve of gender variance.
Punishment for same-sex eroticism was especially harsh; according to Fernando
de Alva ...
EROTICISM AND LOVEMAKING Birthday": "The third word is eros / . . . /
Whomever you touch will love you, / Will feel the cling of His touch upon you /
Like sunlight scattered over an ancient mirror." Erotes Manifestations of the Greek
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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