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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Amyclas King of Sparta, he was a son of NIOBE, who had once known lesbian
companionship, and AMPHION, who had been loved by HERMES. Amyclas was
himself an eromenos (beloved) of APOLLO; and, according to some sources, ...
The priests were also seen as human reflections of certain spirit-companions of
the Goddess, in particular, the androgynous divine beings known as
Asushunamir, or "He Whose Face Is Light," and the kalaturru (or galatur) and the
Ruan Ji, Xi Kang, and Shan Tao, three male poet-philosophers of third-century
CE China, members of the circle known as the SEVEN SAGES OF THE BAMBOO
GROVE who were intimately involved with each other, were said to share the ...
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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