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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La Baleine (or Balaine ) Female, sometimes gynandrous, hua (deity or spirit) of
the ocean in African- diasporic Haitian- and New Orleans-based Vodou, depicted
as a whale (baleine). She represents fertility (in terms both of reproduction and ...
Baron Limba One of the family of Barons, who belong to the larger family of
GHEDES, deities (Iwa) or spirits of the dead in the pantheon of Haitian- and New
Orleans-based Vodou. According to Michael Bertiaux (1988), Baron Limba is the
Ghede In Haitian- and New Orleans-based Vodou, occasionally depicted as a
single /tea, deity or spirit, of the dead but more often as a family of such Iwas. The
Ghedes oversee the transition from life through death to the afterlife or rebirth; ...
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