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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Native American two-spirit shamans, including those of the Hidatsa and Oglala
Sioux tribes, often married traditionally masculine males, while gender variant
female shamans, like the hwame of the Mohave, typically married females.
In the 1570s, it seems that four (or possibly five) Portuguese male couples were
married by a priest at the Church of St John. The existence of this rite and its
performance by a priest did not confirm its universal approval by the Church.
Relationships were formalized by way of marriage ceremonies. The ritual of
betrothal included the older partner giving spears to the younger's parents,
building a hut for his mother-in-law, his negbiore, and giving the younger partner
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