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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In Monique WITTIG ' s postmodern visionary novel The Lesbian Body ( 1975 ) ,
black is one of the two colors – the other is lavender - most frequently signifying
the beloved . In Sister Outsider ( 1984 ) , Audre LORDE writes : " we must never ...
spiritual concept signifying union , cross - pollination , and metamorphosis in
Greek and later in Neoplatonic homoerotic discourse . Olive Sacred to
PALAESTRA , Greco - Roman goddess of WRESTLING , “ since its oil is useful in
The Fool , signifying innocence , wonder , risktaking , and the beginning of a
great journey , corresponds , says Crowley , to Zeus Arrhenothelus , who
represents the fusion of “ masculine and feminine ... the true Hermaphroditic
nature of the ...
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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