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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It was when the prophet - magician Tiresias ( before becoming blind ) witnessed two serpents coupling and struck them with his staff , forming the image of the caduceus , that he was changed from male to female .
323 TIRESIAS Pagans for Gay Rights in 1983 and Kathexis Anthropos , a queer - sensitive coven , in 1984 . Thoth Egyptian god of writing and justice , associated with the moon . One of his sacred attributes was the ibis , thought to ...
The animal , however , that looms above all others as a manifestation or attribute of Tiresias is the serpent , a multicultural and multihistorical symbol of the archetypal feminine and of fluidity . Serpents , associated with water ...
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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