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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Carneius Son of ZEUS and Europa worshipped as a ram- god of flocks and
fertility. He was the beloved of APOLLO; their union was symbolized by the dual
god Apollo- CarneIus, the "Horned Apollo." Carneius was honored with
GREEN in rites honoring these spirits. A contemporary queering of the spirits is
offered by Della Grace in her photograph Three Graces (1992), which depicts
three women with shaved heads who are wearing only black leather boots,
Devotees of Dionysus, including transgendered and same-sex inclined
individuals, played the cithara and joined together in performing the dithyramb, a
musical and theatrical rite, in the god's honor. The GALLI of Cybele were noted
for their ...
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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