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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... Attis had descended " even unto our earth . . . from the stars ” so that he might ,
through self - sacrifice , teach mortals to prepare themselves for that spiritual
journey which would one day bring them to the celestial throne of the Mother .
They were then buried in the earth or placed in an earthenware jar and stored in
an underground chamber . “ Here they became a cult object , and played a role in
the mysteries . ” Throughout this ritual , devotees of Cybele and Attis showered ...
APOLLO , on earth , sported with honor . ” The homoerotic - spiritual path ,
Socrates explains HYACINTHUS , / To this sacred love HERACLES also in
mystical terms , is linked to the cycle of rebirth . “ For it is yielded , / By handsome
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