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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Rooted in traditions like that of Native American TWO - SPIRIT shamans and
transgendered priests and priestesses of Aztec deities , queer power and wisdom
are to be discovered in " loqueria , " or " craziness , ” which is in truth a kind of
Among her priestesses were the melissae ( “ Bees " ) , her high priestess their
queen . Diana also may have been served by Amazonian or antianeirian
priestesses . Antianeira refers to a complex of traits including rejection of
marriage , love of ...
Not long after , the priestesses of Isis fell at his hands , and the temples of the
Goddess were desecrated and destroyed . Christian observer referred to these
as “ claws . ” Some shaved their faces daily and smeared them with milksoaked ...
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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