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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As transgendered persons and particularly as eunuchs and transvestites, the
galli were abhorred by the Greeks. Even after temples of Cybele were
established in Greece, the galli were usually forbidden to enter them. Thus in
Greece the galli ...
The galli sometimes wore exquisite jewelry - necklaces , brooches , rings ,
earrings , and ankle bracelets . Pierced ears , incidentally , signified devoted
service to the Goddess . Necklaces , quite often elaborate , displayed portraits of
The galli , like the priests of other deities , fulfilled an artistic function as ritual
poets , musicians , dancers , and actors . ... were especially well known as poets
and composers of hymns , little work has survived which is undoubtedly that of
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