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 depicts an emanation flowing from a human phallus to the head of a bear. The
emanation apparently signifies the divine liquor that is at once cerebrospinal fluid
and semen. Among the Old Europeans, whose traditions have been illuminated ...
Kapo's traditional center of worship is on Maui. Karezza Erotico-spiritual
technique related to Hindu TANTRA whereby ejaculation is purposely prevented,
in the belief that the energy of the orgasm will be redirected toward the head and
He frequently carried a marotte, a scepter topped by a bladder or a doll head
depicting a sot. His costume appears to have inspired a fashion craze among
bisexually and homoerotically inclined, gender variant courtiers. Ida Nelson
explains in ...
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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