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 the court of homoerotically inclined King HENRI III his favorites , or minions , were frequently referred to as “ Adonises . ” A poem by Ronsard ( 1524-1585 ) includes , “ Minion , you are young and beautiful , / an Adonis .
Bori Among the Maguzawa , the non - Muslim Hausa of Nigeria , gender variant , homoerotically inclined men comprise much of the male membership of the bori cult . This spiritual tradition involves a divine being or spirit called a bori ...
Kalaturru Transgendered , homoerotically inclined male priest / esses of the Mesopotamian goddess INANNA / ISHTAR . They served as hierodulic priests , homoerotic union with them being deemed a sacred activity .
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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