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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... associated with gender or sexual variance (such as JESUS) - a task mastered
by Shug AVERY in Alice Walker's novel The Color Purple - as well as to honor
those which are commonly associated with these traits (such as ARTEMIS/DIANA
"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 ...
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