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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When he was castrated , Agdistis's testicles , falling to earth , metamorphosed into a tree bearing almonds . The god Attis was born when ... Resembling Agdistis , Attis , prior to death , castrated himself , also becoming a eunuch .
The ritual of castration took place on March 24 , the Day of Blood . While this ritual undoubtedly originated in Phrygia , probably during the Neolithic period , it came to be performed at the Metroon in Athens , the Campus Matris Deum ...
Following the ritual of castration , the organs were bathed in holy water and then wrapped in the old , masculine attire of the initiate , clothes he would not wear again . Occasionally the testicles were embalmed , allegedly even ...
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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