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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These rites involved the invoking of JUPITER, MERCURY/HERMES, and Pan.
Their purpose was to provide the magicians with material wealth and erotico-
magical wisdom. These rites of homoerotic SADOMASOCHISM, which lasted for
Founded by a Buddhist NUN, the women who comprised its membership resisted
heterosexual marriage and participated in rites of same-sex UNION. By the
nineteenth century, the organization had been renamed the Mojing Dang. It was
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 the flesh, ...
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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