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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Most of what we know comes from the Life written by Flavius Philostratus in the
third century CE, who implies that he was homoerotically inclined. Apollonius of
Tyana, believed to have been born to a wealthy Greek family in Anatolia, was
Bori Among the Maguzawa, the non-Muslim Hausa of Nigeria, gender variant,
homoerotically inclined men comprise much of the male membership of the bori
cult. This spiritual tradition involves a divine being or spirit called a bori or iska, ...
We also know the names of several homoerotically inclined worshippers of Isis,
one of the most well known being the Roman emperor Otho, a lover of Nero. One
of the most important functions of the transgendered priests of Isis was to join her
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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