Queer Magic: LGBT+ Spirituality and Culture from Around the World

Queer Magic: LGBT+ Spirituality and Culture from Around the World

by Tomas Prower

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ISBN-13: 9780738753188
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 06/08/2018
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 514,859
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tomás Prower is a graduate of the University of California: Santa Barbara with degrees in Global Socioeconomics and Latin American Studies. Born and raised in Southern California, his fluency in English, French, and Spanish gave him the opportunity work for the French Government as a cultural liaison throughout South America with extended assignments in Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, and the Amazon jungle. Since then, he has been the External Relations Director for the American Red Cross in Nevada, LGBT+ Programs Director for entertainment productions in Los Angeles, and a licensed mortuary professional in Las Vegas and Long Beach, CA. Currently, Tomás resides in his hometown of L.A. as a writer and author of both fiction and non-fiction works.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Embarkation 1

Part 1: Greater Middle East 7
1: Cradles of Civilization 9

Cultural 9
Mesopotamia 9
Mesopotamian Takeaway: Divine Queerness 13
Ancient Egypt 14
Ancient Egyptian Takeaway: The Power of the Lens 17
Deities & Legends 18
Gilgamesh & Enkidu 18
Hapi 20
Set 20

2: Judaism 23
Cultural 23
Jewish Takeaway: Owning Our Differentness 27
Deities & Legends 28
Jonathan & King David 28
Joseph & His Coat of Many Colors 29
Naomi & Ruth 30

3: Islam 33
Cultural 33
Islamic Takeaway: Craft Like No One's Watching 40
Deities & Legends 41
Goddesses of the Satanic Verses 41
Mehmed the Conqueror 42
Rumi 43

4: Greater Middle Eastern Magical Community 45
Mesopotamian Mentors in the Modern Age 45
Protection Prayer to the Bawy 47
Bisexual Balance in Judaism 49
Islamic Prayer for the LGBT+ in Love 51

Part 2: Sub-Saharan Africa & Lands of the African Diaspora 53
5: Sub-Saharan Africa 55

Cultural 55
Eastern & Southern Africa 55
Eastern & Southern African Takeaway: Separating Lust, Love & Friendship 60
Western & Central Africa 61
Western & Central African Takeaway: Know Our History 65
Deities & Legends 66
Erinle 66
Nzinga Mbande 68
The Rain Queen 69

6: Lands of the African Diaspora 71
Cultural 71
Vodou 72
Vodou Takeaway: Invocation of Opposite Gender Deities 74
Santería 74
Santería Takeaway: Sacredness of Community 77
Candomblé 78
Candomblé Takeaway: Sacredness of Queer Community 80
Deities & Legends 81
Babalú-Ayé 81
Baron Samedi 82
Erzulie Fréda & Erzulie Dantor 83

7: Sub-Saharan African & Diasporic Magical Community 85
Queer Yoruban Motherhood 85
LGBT+ and the Lwa 87

Part 3: Europe 91
8: Ancient Greece & Rome 93

Cultural 93
Ancient Greece 94
Ancient Greek Takeaway: Intergenerational Mentorship 97
Ancient Rome 98
Ancient Roman Takeaway: Appetite for War 102
Deities & Legends 103
Apollo 103
Athena/Minerva 104
Baubo & Iambe 104
Iphis 105
The Origin of Love 106

9: Pagan Europe 109
Cultural 109
Celts 110
Celtic Takeaway: In-Person Communication 113
Vikings 115
Viking Takeaway: Sacredness of the Divine Masculine 117
Deities & Legends 119
Cú Chulainn 119
Loki 119
Odin 120
Samodivi 121

10: Christianity 123
Cultural 123
Christian Takeaway: Self-Salvation 129
Deities & Legends 130
Pope Joan 130
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 131
St. Bernard of Clairvaux 132
St. Hildegard von Bingen 133
St. Sebastian 134

11: European Magical Community 135
Invoking Deities in Homoerotic Love Spells 135
Wisdom of a Welsh Druid Drag Queen 137
Being a Blatina Bisexual in the Catholic Church 139

Part 4: The Indian Subcontinent 141
12: Hinduism 143

Cultural 143
Hindu Takeaway: Sacredness of the Divine Feminine 147
Deities & Legends 148
Agni 148
Ganesha 149
Krishna 150
Shikhandi 151

13: Buddhism 153
Cultural 153
Buddhist Takeaway: The Power Question 157
Deities & Legends 159
Ananda 159
Avalokiteshvara 160

14: Indian Subcontinental Magical Community 161
Hindu Puja Ritual for Our Inner Divine Queerness 161
Out of the Closet Inner-Self 163

Part 5: East Asia 167
15: China 169

Cultural 169
Taoism 169
Taoist Takeaway: Going with the Flow of Life 172
Confucianism 173
Confucian Takeaway: Preventing Civil War 176
Mahayana Buddhism 177
Mahayana Takeaway: Foregoing Nirvana 178
Deities & Legends 180
The Fox Alchemist 180
Guanyin 181
The Queer Emperors 182

16: Japan 185
Cultural 185
Shinto 185
Shinto Takeaway: Purity 190
Japanese Buddhism 191
Japanese Buddhist Takeaway: Focus on the Bigger Picture 193
Deities & Legends 194
Amaterasu 194
Kitsune 195
Shirabyoshi 196

17: Shamanism 197
Cultural 197
Shamanic Takeaway: Live Beyond Labels 202

18: East Asian Magical Community 205
The Tao of Opposite Understanding 205
Nichiren Buddhist Mantra Chant 208

Part 6: Oceania 211
19: Aboriginal Australia 213

Cultural 213
Aboriginal Australian Takeaway: Let the Children Be 217
Deities & Legends 218
Mimi Spirits 218

20: Polynesia 219
Cultural 219
Polynesian Takeaway: De-Shame Your Stereotype 226
Deities & Legends 227
Hi’iaka 227
Hinemoa & Tutanekai 228
Kamapua’a 229

21: Oceanic Magical Community 231
Field Trip to a Place in the Middle 231

Part 7: The Americas 233
22: Latin America 235

Cultural 235
Latin American Takeaway: Utilize Your Dark Emotions 242
Deities & Legends 243
Chin 243
Tlazoltéotl 243
Xochipilli 244

23: Native North America 247
Cultural 247
Native American Takeaway: Union 253
Deities & Legends 254
Sedna 254
Village Old Woman of the Hidatsa 254
We’wha 255

24: American Magical Community 257
Santa Muerte Protection Spell 257
Southwestern Sage Ritual 259

DEBARKATION 261

BIBLIOGRAPHY 263

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