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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Of the former, Engstrom writes, "The Purple One can be seen in full leather
walking through empty streets or silent country lanes in the wee hours of the
morning. . . He has [also] been known to show Himself as a tornado, a song of
desire, and ...
The next morning, Lu found a Taoist necromancer, one who could contact the
dead, to help him to retrieve his lover from the clutches of death. The
necromancer, after performing intense rituals for three days, succeeded in calling
up the spirit ...
Furthermore, Rufus died on Lammas morning, the date of an important Celtic
festival concerning sacrifice and the harvest. Still further, the Earl of Cornwall
claimed to have seen, shortly after Rufus's death, a goat carrying the corpse of
the King ...
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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