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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Among the Kenyan Meru, the mugawe, a “powerful religious leader” who is “
considered a complement to . . . male ... to an Africandiasporic tradition, the
remainder of this section will focus on the Yoruba-diasporic religion, which has its
roots in ...
The Yoruba religion has a hierarchical priesthood . Names referring to priests
and priestesses include : babalawo , babalaô , babalorishá , iyalorishá , pai de
santo , mae de santo , santero , santera . Each person – including non -
The religion may appeal to gender variant , homosexual / lesbian , and bisexual
persons because they discover within it deities who will defend them and whose
sacred tales mirror their own . The religion may also appeal to them because it ...
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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