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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SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS 28 believed to be a cause of illness ) , to escort the soul
of the deceased to the afterlife , or to communicate with a deity or spirit . The
shamanic trance is closely linked to the state of possession , the primary
La Baleine is sometimes associated with the Yoruba - diasporic transgendered
submarine deity OLOKUN . Bajasa Gender ... Bajasa revere the goddess Ndo i
Lino , the god PuŽ di Songe , and various other celestial deities . According to M
Both bisexual ( or pansexual ) and transgendered in today ' s terms , he loves his
wife Indrani and the male lunar deity SOMA . His role as celestial deity and his
love for Soma has elicited comparisons with the Greek ZEUS as the lover of ...
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