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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Trophonius and his twin, Agamedes, helped to design and build the temple of
Apollo at Delphi. On completion of the temple, an oracle was delivered to them: "
Live merrily and indulge yourselves in every pleasure for six days; on the seventh
Two Flower Temple Also known as Apricot Blossoms Temple and, much later, the
Temple of Virtuous Female Ancestors, located near Guilin (or Kuei-lin) in
southern China. In the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century, in springtime,
... East; Ephesus; Eurotas River; Gomorrah; Han Temple; Kadesh Barnea;
Keputren; Lesbos; LeukÚ; Massalia; Men's Country; Mujun; Mytilene; Orleans;
Panuco, Paris; Rome; Santa Maria de Carmine; Sens; Sodom; Strirajya; Temple
of Peace; ...
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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