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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Many mithuna are comprised of two males, with one taking the "masculine" and
the other the "feminine" role. These roles are typically associated with Hindu
deities. Hence two males may join in a mithuna representing the male deities
Qa 'cikicheca often shared intimate relationships with traditionally feminine
women. Qabbalah (or Cabala, Kaballah, Qabbala) From the Hebrew qbl, "to
receive," the Qabbalah is a body of mystical knowledge of essentially Jewish
origin which ...
Qu Yuan's gender variant status is suggested partly by his attire, which appears
to have blended feminine, masculine, and sacerdotal articles. Referring in a
poem to his primary garment as a skirt, he infers that its design was floral. In
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