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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I should like the night to last forever, and that the dawn should never come to put
an end to our meeting." The influence of Buddhism upon BUSHIDO, or the "Way
of the Samurai," was profound, as exemplified in the HAGAKURE, a work by ...
We have never not been here, this exact sliver of time, this precise place. There is
something utterly familiar about us. We have been ourselves before." The second
position is voiced by Paula Gunn Allen: "From a metaphysical point of view, ...
Mary Coleridge (1861-1907), in "Marriage," a poem reminiscent of Sappho
depicting the loss of a female companion to heterosexual marriage, writes, "Thy
merry sisters to-night forsaking; / Never shall we see thee, maiden, again. / Never
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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