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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Lesbian writer Jeanne DuPrau , in The Earth House ( 1992 ) , explores the
integration in of Buddhist principles and Zen practice in daily life in the
experience of herself and her lover . This diary - like book focuses on their
experience in helping ...
MAGNOLIA 224 that a tradition of queer - centered magical practice may now be
evolving . Magnolia In Chinese symbolism , one of the flowers signifying " the
intermediate stage between man and woman . ” Magodus While the Great Mother
While the term " sadomasochism " is young , S / M - like practices may be traced
to ancient and primal cultures , where rites include ( d ) such practices as
whipping or flagellating , bondage , and piercing , cutting , or otherwise wounding
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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