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 14 About Homosexuality (1994). In general, these
studies insist that the story of SODOM and GOMORRAH has much to do with
inhospitality and very little to do with homosexuality. They also tend to question
For Seth, bisexuality represents a higher state of sexual consciousness than
either heterosexuality or homosexuality. Of transgenderism, Seth speaks of the
need or desire of many persons to metamorphose in terms of gendered or sexual
Greek Homosexuality. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1978. Downing,
Christine. "Lesbian Mythology." Historical Reflections / Reflexions Historiques 20,
no. 2 (1994), 169-199. Drewal, Margaret Thompson. "Trance Among Yoruba ...
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