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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He writes: "What then is the passion of the Lesbian songstress [i.e. Sappho] but
the love-technique of Socrates? For both of them seem to me to have the same
idea of love, the former the love of girls, the latter of youths. What then an ...
The Anandrynes linked these schools to the THIASOS of SAPPHO and her
companions. At Rome, the Vestal Virgins, they claimed, carried on the tradition,
from whence it spread to other parts of the world, ultimately as far as China.
One of the earliest recorded spells of Greek origin is one composed by Sappho to
call upon the goddess APHRODITE to come to her aid. Sappho's poetry is
imbued not only with religious and/or mythical imagery or metaphor but rather
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