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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Case observes that in the poems of the Spanish mystic San Juan de la Cruz ( St John of the Cross ) , who writes of himself , in Christian manner , as a lover or beloved of Jesus Christ , the " queer compound " appears in this fashion ...
Male lovers swore allegiance to each other at shrines dedicated to them . Calais One of the Argonauts of ... Calais became ORPHEUS's most treasured male lover , just as Eurydice had been the musician's most treasured female lover .
Philoctetes In Greek legend , an accomplished archer , an ARGONAUT , and a lover of HERACLES . When Heracles died , Philoctetes , whose name signifies “ love of possessions , ” kept his bow and arrows . Later , after being bitten by a ...
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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