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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In the Greek Magical Papyri of later antiquity , Adonis appears as an ANGEL and
as such is invoked in a lesbian love spell . In the court of homoerotically inclined
King HENRI III his favorites , or minions , were frequently referred to as ...
Anubis ( or Anoubis ) Jackal - headed god of the Underworld in Egyptian religion
and later in GrecoEgyptian magic and in Gnosticism , invoked in an ancient
lesbian love spell found in the Greek Magical Papyri as “ Anoubis , the pious
Almost five centuries later , in 1920 , she was canonized . Today , she serves as
an icon for women in the military and woman fighting for injustice . Known as the
Maid ( La Pucelle ) of Orléans , St Jeanne d ' Arc is fêted on May 30 . Jesuit In ...
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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