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 Double is especially frequent in the literature of love between women , as in “
To Mrs . M . A . at Parting , ” in which ... Double Woman Among the Native
American Oglala Sioux , TWO - SPIRIT or third gender shamans - to - be
dreamed of ...
to women like herself , / powerful , enduring . ” experienced being a " man -
woman , " or kinaidos , and a " woman - man , " or Amazon . Still others told a tale
of Tiresias being asked to settle an argument between the deities Zeus and Hera
Sixteenth - century Englishmen and women who desired lovers but not marriage
carried violets . ... Village Old Woman Triune female divinity or spirit revered by
the MIATI , or TWO - SPIRIT shamans , of the Hidatsa tribe of North America .
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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