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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Athirat ( or Asherah ) Primary goddess of the Canaanites , traditionally depicted as a nude woman with upraised arms or holding a lily in one hand and a serpent in the other , symbols of birth , death , and new life .
Caravaggio , Michelangelo Merisi da ( 1571-1610 ) Homoerotically inclined Italian painter who frequently depicted the ... as in Young Bacchus and Victorious Love , the latter depicting EROS as a puckish , seductive youth .
The Shooting Gods twins are depicted in rituals , such as the Night Chant , by men wearing female costume . herself . There she met Sthuna , a Yaksha ( demi - god ) , who told her that rather than have her kill herself , he would ...
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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