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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BAZZI, GIOVANNI ANTONIO suggests transgenderism, according to Marie
Delcourt (1961); while "baubo " refers to the belly, suggesting the womb, "baubon
" refers to the phallus. In the Companion to Literary Myths, Heroes, and
This would suggest that such a whole is formed in the female psyche by way of
the union of the Animus and the female Double. Represented mythologically, the
male Double is revealed by such hero-pairs as DAVID AND JONATHAN, ...
This instrument suggests that, at least in later times, only the testicles were
removed. Found in London, it indicates the widespread diffusion of the institution
of the galli. Following the ritual of castration, the organs were bathed in holy
water and ...
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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