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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In later European history, JEANNE D'ARC (Joan of Arc) and Do˝a Catalina de
ERAUSO are representative of women considered Amazonian, transgendered,
and possibly lesbian. In premodern France Catherine de' Medici was compared
"These were the first," he writes, who wore the gallant bow and arrow - holding
quivers on their shoulder." Among her priestesses were the melissae ("BEES"),
her high priestess their queen. Diana also may have been served by Amazonian
His relationship to Amazonian women was not, however, altogether negative.
After murdering Iphitus, a celebrated archer, Heracles was forced, as punishment
, to become a slave for three years. The Amazonian Queen OMPHALE of Lydia ...
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