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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Most if not all of these traditions celebrated seasonal festivals such as Halloween
( Celtic Samhain , corresponding to the ... In general , one may say that Witches ,
or Wiccans , of our time continue to celebrate Nature , the deities and spirits of ...
His festival , the Carnea , celebrated the arrival of the harvest and the first fruits of
the vintage . ... In late antiquity , Christian authorities commenced their attempt to
control or abolish carnivals , which they correctly perceived as celebrations of ...
One of Tuwais ' s most celebrated lyrics reads , “ Love has so emaciated me / that
through it I am almost melting away . ” he saw a very handsome young man .
Rather than reprimanding him , Choy touched the young man ' s crotch . The
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