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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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Lore Randy P. Conner, David Hatfield
Sparks, Mariya Sparks. INTRODUCTION xii identities of 'man' and 'woman' which
our society has deemed sacred and untouchable . . . The very act of subverting ...
The influence of the Vatican, in terms of the employment of castran singers,
profoundly influenced the development of opera in general and its transgendered
and homoerotic components in particular. Between the sixteenth and nineteenth
They hold the powers of blessing and cursing, and also of shapeshifting, able to
manifest themselves in male, female, or transgendered shapes at will. Yao Jen "
Monster." A term still used in eighteenth- century China to refer to transgendered
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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