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 France, similar ceremonies took place between Monsieur Henri and Dame
Douce and between Caramantran and his "bride." In these rites, the "brides" were
depicted as elderly prostitutes who, miraculously becoming pregnant, gave birth
Although marrying women on several occasions to satisfy his grandmother and to
win allies, he was homoerotically inclined; he took a man named Gordianus as
his husband and another, Hierocles, as his wife. While some in the Empire ...
In an 1892 poem, "Heartsease and Orchid," Percy Osborne writes, "Heartsease it
was from his dear hand I took, / A dainty flower that loves the garden air." While in
the early to mid-twentieth century "pansy" became a derogatory term for an ...
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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