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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At least half a dozen different "lesbian" (and/or possibly female-to-male
transgender) configurations are offered. They include these combinations: (1) the
SUN, MOON, and VENUS in "masculine" signs (i.e. AQUARIUS, ARIES, GEMINI,
the company of Dionysus and others suggest that they may have signified the
masculine - or, in today's terms, "butch" - partners in same-sex relationships.
Where female gender variance is concerned, goddesses, AMAZONS, and
Mithuna (or Maithuna) In Hinduism and in TANTRA, a coupling, involving either
symbolic or actual sexual union, with the purpose of inducing spiritual
embodiment and/or enlightenment. While mithuna are usually comprised of one "
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