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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Lovely of form like the moon with beautiful stature: /. . . / Like Joseph in his form,
like Adoniah [a son of David] his hair. / Lovely of eyes like David, he has slain me
like Uriah. / He has enflamed my passions and consumed my heart with fire.
Anemone This flower, especially in its red variety, is considered a sacred attribute
of the beautiful youth ADONIS, who was loved by APHRODITE (Roman VENUS),
ASTARTE, PERSEPHONE, and DIONYSUS. Upon being fatally castrated by a ...
Saicho (767-822) Japanese Buddhist monk and founder of Tendai Buddhism.
Saicho founded the sect after its teachings were revealed to him by a
BODHISATTVA, a vehicle of Buddha-energy, who manifested in the form of a
beautiful angelic ...
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