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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In terms of premodern female-centered literature, one of the most memorable
references to angels occurs in Katherine Philips 's (1631-1664) poem "
Friendship's Mystery: To My Dearest Lucasia," in which the poet, insisting that "
There's a ...
Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886) Lesbian or bisexually inclined American
Transcendentalist poet who shared passionate friendships with several women (
including Susan Gilbert Dickinson and Kate Scott Anthon) and whose works
By the late nineteenth century, the expression "a Parisian woman who seems to
have been born on Lesbos" and the term "priestess of Lesbos" were being
applied to lesbians. The woman-loving poet Renee vIVIEN, who, with Natalie
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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