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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Forms of this confusion continue to be practiced in the late twentieth century by "
mainstream ” theologians as well as other academics , including numerous social
- constructionist feminist and queer theoreticians . In general , one may say that ...
Ibn Dawud al - Zahiri ( A . c . ninth century Ce ) Spiritual master and writer of ninth
- century Baghdad , he spoke of restrained homophilia ( male - loving ) as a path
to enlightenment . Best known for his Book of the Planet Venus ( also known as ...
Ina tenth - century northern Italian lyric , a young man loved by the poet is
described as a " wondrous idol of Venus , " and in “ Venus Transiens , ” the poet
Amy Lowell ( 1874 - 1925 ) writes of a woman she loves , “ Tell me , / Was Venus
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