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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Aakulujjuusi and Uumarnituq In Inuit ( Eskimo ) Shamanism , the first two humans , constituting a primordial male couple ... In those times , neither death nor war existed , and the human population began to increase at such a rate that ...
These costumes , by creating the image of a hybrid human - bird , suggest theriomorphic ( or beastly ) transformation , which is often linked in shamanic traditions to gender metamorphosis . If the men are indeed honoring the Bird ...
It depicts an emanation flowing from a human phallus to the head of a bear . The emanation apparently signifies the divine liquor that is at once cerebrospinal Auid and semen . Among the Old Europeans , whose traditions have been ...
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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