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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The shamanic trance is closely linked to the state of possession , the primary difference being that with ... Persons traditionally become shamans because other family members have been shamans or because they are called upon to become ...
Vladimir Bogoras wrote of the Chukchi soft male shaman : “ He throws away the ... lance , the lasso of the reindeer ... primarily by deities in dreams , others , like the Ngaju basir , were taught by elder shamans or shamanesses .
SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS 30 the shaman as " wholly masculine , and well developed , " Ya'tirgin “ confessed that ... he ... If castration had at one time been practiced by Siberian shamans , it is not difficult to see why anal eroticism may ...
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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