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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The very act of subverting something so primal and fixed in society as one's
gender role can unleash a creativity that is truly ... The terms "transgendered," "
gender variant," and "third gender" are used to refer to gendered behaviors,
ALYHA Alyha Among the Mohave of the American Southwest, the third gender or
TWO-SPIRIT male, who, in the past, often served in a shamanic capacity. Also a
type of venereal disease (probably gonorrhea, as syphilis is hikupk ), which the ...
He was a leprechaun! No, not a leprechaun . . . Puck! ... It was quite unearthly ...
He wasn't human!" Ne-uchica Among the Aleuts of northeastern Siberia, a term
meaning "appareled like a woman," referring to gender variant, third gender, ...
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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