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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Persons traditionally become shamans because other family members have
been shamans or because they are called upon to become such by deities or
spirits while dreaming or experiencing an otherwise altered state of
Agdistis goes to live in the forest and becomes a hunter. From the blood that
spills when he is castrated, a pomegranate tree grows. Nana, daughter of the
river-god Sangarios, eats a pomegranate from the tree and becomes pregnant.
The writings of Firmicus Maternus and other astrologers clearly demonstrate that
many individuals, especially those living in late antiquity, reckoned that to
become a gallus was to live out a preordained destiny which, like the shaman's,
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