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 terms of premodern female - centered literature , one of the most memorable references to angels occurs in Katherine Philips's ( 1631-1664 ) poem " Friendship's Mystery : To My Dearest Lucasia , " in which the poet , insisting that ...
In the view of literary theorist Camille Paglia ( 1991 ) , the poet's lesbian inclination is intimately linked to her transgendered persona – she refers to herself as an earl and other male nobles – which in turn appears to be linked to ...
The woman - loving poet Renée VIVIEN , who , with Natalie Clifford BARNEY ( 1876-1972 ) , hoped to create a lesbian - centered spiritual community on the island , wrote in “ We Will Go to the Poets , " “ Remembering that there are ...
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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