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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xiii INTRODUCTION The term "Amazonian" is used in this text to refer to
transgendered women who often serve as warriors in their respective cultures.
The term "priest/ess" is used to stress the transgendered aspect of the role
undertaken by ...
In The Queen of Wands (1982), the first text in a poetic cycle inspired by the four
Queens of the TAROT cards, Grahn weaves together the myths of many cultures
with the experiences of living women to create an epic tale of a powerful ...
While the term "vampire" is Euro-western, the phenomenon is discovered in the
sacred and mythic traditions of many cultures. In her illuminating introduction to
Dark Angels: Lesbian Vampire Stories (1995), Pam Keesey reminds us that
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