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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In the 1930s Gide embraced Communism , but became disenchanted with it on
visiting the USSR . In 1947 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature . His works
include The Fruits of the Earth ( 1897 ) , The Immoralist ( 1902 ) , Corydon ( 1924
As a client of Sigmund Freud , she also became versed in the interpretation of
dreams . Her poem " The Master " is among those which subtly refers to her
bisexuality , her gynandrous or transgendered identity , and her spirituality ( here
, a ...
As a young man , Solomon became friends with Burne - Jones , Dante Gabriel
Rossetti , Walter Pater , Swinburne , and others of the Pre - Raphaelite circle .
Parties given by this circle allowed Solomon to express himself in wild drag ; on
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