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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The Prophet Muhammad is believed to have said , “ Doomed by God is [ he ] who
does what Lot ' s people did . . . No man should look at the private parts of
another man , and no woman should look at the private parts of another woman .
Galli were believed to hold the power to tame wild animals . Legend has it that
Cybele granted this power to the galli in order to commemorate an event in the
life of Attis . Once , when he was journeying from Pessinus to Sardis , Attis
According to this view , Tamar , who appears in Genesis 38 , was believed to
have possessed a man's soul . Tamar was a young woman who disguised
herself as a HIERODULIC priestess , or sacred prostitute , so that she might bear
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