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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Mercurius Figure of ALCHEMY linked to the Greek god HERMES and variously
depicted in female , male , and ... sun and moon his two heads ) , linking him to
the homoerotically inclined , once - double male figure of PLATO ' s Symposium .
For instance , the term jongleur is related to jogleor , which in turn is linked to
burdoun ( bourdon , bordon , burdon , etc. ) . B [ 0 ] urd- refers to a young woman
or to a jest , while bourdon refers to a scepter or staff , with all its phallic import .
In Euro - western symbolism , it has also been linked , especially since the
nineteenth century , to madness . In ancient Greece , yellow was especially
linked to the CROCUS , a typically yellow flower , the autumnal variety of which
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