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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Eagle In Greek myth, ZEUS abducted his beloved GANYMEDE in the form of an
eagle. Due to this myth, the eagle is sometimes associated with the astrological
sign of AQUARIUS, although it is more frequently associated with that of ...
In Egyptian myth, as in Hindu myth, reproduction is not an activity limited to a
heterosexual couple, at least not in the realm of the gods. Thus, the Egyptian
gods are not especially surprised when Set gives birth to Horus's child. While it is
Gods and Mortals in Classical Mythology. New York: Dorset Press, 1979. Graves,
Robert. The Greek Myths. New York: George Braziller, 1957. Graves, Robert. The
White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth. New York: Farrar, Straus ...
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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