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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This was the day of the “ arbor intrat , ceremonies ” dedicated to Cybele .
Although shrouded in the entry ... [ and ] the rhythmic in the Pannychis or
Mesonyctium , an induction ceremony beating of . . . tambourines . ” March 24
was known as the ...
331 UNION while sojourning in Rome , Montaigne learned of same - sex male
wedding ceremonies that had been performed ... This piece of evidence strongly
suggests that this was not simply a ceremony concerning “ platonic " friendship
Relationships were formalized by way of marriage ceremonies . The ritual of
betrothal ... This ceremony centers on a ritual object , a cob of red maize called
kaima , symbolizing blood , which is divided between the women . The women
recite a ...
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