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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5 ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN Nigerian priests are concerned , Margaret Thompson Drewal has recently described priests and ... This relationship of feminine male priest to masculine male deity is reflected in the priests ' hairstyles .
Beyond such beliefs , these traditions shared the concept of a multifaceted , often hierarchical , priesthood comprised ... Such spiritual functionaries included the ASSINNU , KALUM , and KURGARRU priests and the SHUGIA priestesses of ...
Hera was served on the island of Samos not only by female priestesses but also by transgendered male priest / esse / s . According to Athenaeus , Hera's male priests dressed in feminine garments , “ snowy tunics that swept the floor of ...
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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