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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Grahn, Judy (1940- ) Lesbian writer, instructor, activist, and major force in
Women's Spirituality and Gay Spirituality. In The Queen of Wands (1982), the first
text in a poetic cycle inspired by the four Queens of the TAROT cards, Grahn
QUILT Queens - / But you - were crowned in June. " This tradition continues,
exemplified by contemporary US lesbian writer Judy GRAHN 's The Queen of
Wands (1 982) and The Queen of Swords (1987). In terms of slang usage,
however, the ...
... Gospel of Thomas; Hagakure; Hansel and Gretel; Huckleberry Finn; Island
Dialogues; Lee; Metamorphoses; Midwife's Tale; Neo-Gothic Movement; Nursery
Rhymes; Orlando; Prospero; Puck, Qabbalah; Queen B(ee); Radegunde;
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