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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HERACLES. accounts, she is gynandrous or transgendered, giving birth to
HEPHAESTUs without the aid of a male, sAPPHO (b. c. 630/610 BCE) and her
devotees revered the Goddess, singing, "Lady Hera, while I pray let your graceful
Hylas Beautiful young man of Greek mythology loved by HERACLES and
perhaps also APOLLO. Hylas, a prince and the son of King Thiodamus, traveled
on the ship Argo with Heracles and the other ARGONAUTS. During this period,
Iolaus An eromenos, or beloved, of the Greek divinized hero HERACLES. Iolaus
is a divinized hero associated with the shaman ic powers of healing and raising
the dead. On his way to Libya, Heracles was killled by Typhon. He was revived ...
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