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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Carneius was honored with homoerotic rites on the island of Thera . ... the Bota ( in honor of PAN ) , the Brumalia ( in honor of Bacchus ) , the assemblies on the first of March , public dances of women , clothing of men like women ...
GREEN in rites honoring these spirits . A contemporary queering of the spirits is offered ... with the crone ( Ereshkigal ) as soulguide , come to confront and to honor her own shadow aspect . In Grahn's retelling , Ereshkigal becomes a ...
Devotees of Dionysus , including transgendered and same - sex inclined individuals , played the cithara and joined together in performing the dithyramb , a musical and theatrical rite , in the god's honor . The GALLI of Cybele were ...
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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