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 majority of Greek male citizens did not, however, welcome her arrival; they
only accepted her worship because a priestess of Apollo had warned that if they
did not do so, then the wrath of the Goddess would surely follow. The male ...
Cyparissus, blinded by the sun (i.e. Apollo), accidentally shot the stag, believing it
to be another animal. He then committed suicide. When Apollo saw what
Cyparissus had done, Apollo changed him into a cypres tree, saying, "I shall
mourn for ...
Later, he became known as the beloved of the Greek god APOLLO, as a dancer,
and as a Spartan youth riding a DOLPHIN. One afternoon, as he and Apollo were
throwing the discus, ZEPHYRUS, the west wind, who also loved Hyacinthus, ...
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