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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Gender variant , homoerotically inclined male practitioners wear a mixture of men's and women's clothes . ... A tall , beautiful woman wearing a tartan plaid and a golden torque around her neck , Boudicca was a fierce fighter who ...
Other female saints are also known for cutting their hair and wearing it in a masculine style , the most renowned being JEANNE D'ARC ( Joan of Arc ) . In the legendary history of SAINTS SERGIUS AND BACCHUS , the identical “ page - boy ...
Kolhamana wears in masked dance rituals a male kilt over a woman's dress and his ( -her ) hair parted with half of it up ... Wearing “ grotesque ” masks , they " danced , sang , and bandied coarse jests , ” with the women wearing lombai ...
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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