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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"John," as Hall preferred to be called, was fascinated by spiritualism, an interest
nurtured by her relationship with Mabel "Ladye" Veronica Batten and carried into
her relationship with Una Lady Troubridge. Commencing in 1916, Hall was a ...
According to Frank Snowden, a number of those who carried the worship of Isis
from Egypt to Rome were sub- Saharan Africans. Non-Black worshippers,
however, may also have carried African elements of her worship to Rome,
Gold, silver, and other images of the Goddess were carried by the megabyzoi
and priestesses to all parts of the city for public viewing. At least one of the
statues was dressed in an ornate purple and gold actaea. Megabyzoi and
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