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 Sister Outsider ( 1984 ) , Audre LORDE writes : " we must never close our eyes
to the terror , to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is dark which is
messy which is . . . erotic . " A . Pratt ( 1994 ) writes : " Lorde entirely subverts the ...
In one of his most potent attacks on Christianity , Burroughs writes : “ I spit on the
Christian God . When the White God arrived with the Spaniards , the Indians
brought down fruit and corncakes and chocolate . The White Christian God ...
Explaining that Genet perceived himself as a magician , Sartre writes , “ He was
forced from the very beginning into the solitude that the mystic and the
metaphysician have such difficulty in attaining . " Exemplary of Genet ' s blending
of the ...
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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