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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Transgendered, or gender variant, male mediums are named okule ("like women
"), while female gender variant mediums are called AGULE ("like men"). Among
the Kenyan Meru, the mugawe, a "powerful religious leader" who is "considered ...
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 ...
Paglia, Camille. Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily
Dickinson. New York: Vintage Books, Random House, 1991. Palmer, Susan Jean
. Moon Suter, Krishna Mothers, Rajneesh Lovers: Women's Roles in New
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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