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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In Vedic Hinduism, which displaced the Indus Valley religion (although aspects of
it survive in TANTRA and elsewhere), persons participating in MITHUNAS, erotic-
sacred couplings, must typically be considered a-jami, basically, 'unlike,' as ...
They were especially severe in bringing torment to those who had mistreated the
elderly, disrespected ancestors, or murdered their mothers (considered the most
terrible of crimes). Referred to both as the "angry ones" and the "kindly ones," ...
Qu Yuan is considered China's first major poet, author of the epic Li Sao (
Encountering Sorrow), the Tian Wen (Heavenly Questions) , and various other
works. He was born around 340 BCE in the kingdom of Chu, on what was said to
be the ...
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