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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These include adodi , which may be applied to homosexual , bisexual , or
transgendered males , and alakuata , which may ... a Brazilian branch of the
religion , report that almost one - third of all its male practitioners are either
homosexual or ...
Vladimir Bogoras wrote of the Chukchi soft male shaman : “ He throws away the .
. . lance , the lasso of the reindeer - herdsmen , and the harpoon of the seal -
hunter , and takes to the needle and the skin - scraper . . . Even his pronunciation
Many mithuna are comprised of two males, with one taking the “masculine” and
the other the “feminine” role. ... Hence two males may join in a mithuna
representing the male deities MITRA and VARUNA, with Mitra and his
representative being ...
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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