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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Goddess Reverence This term is applied to ancient and primal ( or tribal )
worship of a female deity or deities as well as to a contemporary spiritual
movement or tradition which is Goddess - centered . As archaeologist Marija
Gimbutas ( 1921 ...
The gay men ' s movement has aspects that are threatening to patriarchy and
potentially liberating . . . Men who truly love men , who are willing to be each
other ' s ground and support , are potential sources for far - reaching change .
Hay , however , is constantly metamorphosing , as Stuart Timmons observes in
his fascinating biography The Trouble with Harry Hay : Founder of the Modern
Gay Movement ( 1990 ) . Hay ' s writing is a remarkable brew of political
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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