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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The remains of heathen superstitions of all kinds are forbidden , " the Quinisext (
or Trullan ) Synod found it necessary to declare almost seven hundred years after
the triumph of Christianity : " the festivals of the Kalendar , the Bota in honor of ...
163 GREEN in rites honoring these spirits . A contemporary queering of the
spirits is ... the maiden who must , with the crone ( Ereshkigal ) as soulguide ,
come to confront and to honor her own shadow aspect . In Grahn ' s retelling ,
... are known , including the Bacchic , danced in honor of DIONYSUS , and the
Oschophoria , in honor of ATHENA and THESEUS . At Sparta , the Gymnopedia
was an annual festival held in honor of APOLLO , ARTEMIS / DIANA , and LETO .
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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