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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Mithuna (or Maithuna) In Hinduism and in TANTRA, a coupling, involving either
symbolic or actual sexual union, with the purpose of inducing spiritual
embodiment and/or enlightenment. While mithuna are usually comprised of one "
Homosexuality is . . . against God's law." The most favored form of relationship
among Church members is patriarchal, monogamous, heterosexual arranged
marriage. Union Karin Loftus Carrington writes in "Women Loving Women:
UNION while sojourning in Rome, Montaigne learned of same-sex male wedding
ceremonies that had been performed at the Church of St John several years
previously. Certain Catholic church officials, determining that the only way to ...
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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