Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love

Drawing on recently discovered ancient sources, Will Roscoe offers a striking new view of Jesus as a charismatic mystic, whose teachings on love and the kingdom of heaven were complemented by a secret rite that served to impart the experience of entering heaven. Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love won the 2004 Lambda Literary Award for Spirituality/Religion. More
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About Will Roscoe

Will Roscoe received his Ph.D. in History of Consciousness/Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His first book, The Zuni Man-Woman (University of New Mexico Press) received the Margaret Mead Award of the American Anthropological Association and a Lambda Literary Award. He has since published Queer Spirits: A Gay Men’s Myth Book (Beacon) and Radically Gay: Gay Liberation in the Words of its Founder (Beacon) by Harry Hay. He is also co-editor of Islamic Homosexualities (New York University Press) and Boy-Wives and Female Husbands: Studies of African Homosexualities (State University of New York Press) and coordinating editor of Living the Spirit: A Gay American Indian Anthology (St. Martin’s Press). In 1998, he published Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America (Palgrave Macmillan), a comprehensive study of the Native American two-spirit tradition. In 2003, he received a Monette-Horowitz Award for lifetime achievement in combatting homophobia. For more on Will and his writings visit

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