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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He has enflamed my passions and consumed my heart with fire." In these poems,
the younger beloved male is associated with a host of other symbols as well - he
is a fawn, a "branch who has exalted my heart with its blossoms," and a "bough ...
As the lover gazed into the beloved's eyes, energy traveled from the heart into the
eyes and then traveled into the beloved's eyes and into his or her heart. This was
mingled with the beloved's own energy, which traveled from the heart into his ...
She then voices her desire: "I entreat you: do not overpower my heart, mistress,
with ache and anguish, but come here." This is followed by a dramatic account of
the Goddess's helping her in the past. Sappho envisions Aphrodite pondering, ...
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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