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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Vampire Humanoid or human-bat (occasionally wolf or other animal or alien)
hybrid figure who survives for centuries, if not for millennia or eternity, by drinking
the blood of humans or animals. "Vampire" is applied as well — to humans who
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Lore Randy P. Conner, David Hatfield
Sparks, Mariya Sparks. 339 341. VAMPIRE the figure of the shapeshifter Lamia,
or her multiple form as the Lamiai. She (or they) was (or were), as Camille Paglia
Scott and starring Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon, and David Bowie; and
Interview with the Vampire (1994), based on the novel by Anne Rice, directed by
Neil Jordan and starring Tom Cruise, Christian Slater, and Antonio Banderas.
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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