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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Within several years, the worship of Antinous had spread throughout the Roman
Empire, with more than twenty- five temples dedicated to him, not to mention
countless statues and coins bearing his image. Antinous, his followers believed,
GALLOS the victims not only of Greeks and Romans but also of Hebrew zealots.
Perhaps as many as 25,000, both men and women, died at Carnaim in 1 64 BCE
at the hands of Judas Maccabeus. This massacre, when combined with the ...
Pomona Roman goddess of APPLES and other fruits. Vertumnus, a Roman god
of change, fell in love with Pomona, but she was not interested. When, however,
he dressed in feminine attire, wearing a brightly-colored turban, and approached
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