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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The role of Baubo appears to have been performed alternately by a female or
male HIERODULE , the latter dressed in feminine attire . | the late seventeenth
century , Father Domingo Pérez described the bayoguin as mixing masculine
Molly houses further served as ritual spaces in which the mollies , and those who
visited them , performed rites forbidden to them by the Church . Rituals included
ceremonies of same - sex unions and mock birthing rituals . Weddings took ...
In 1987 , Barrett also performed with F . Artemis Flowers in Invocation to Free
Women with sources including STARHAWK , Z Budapest , and Shekinah
Mountainwater as well as African - diasporic spiritual traditions . Musical works
inspired by ...
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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