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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Seth, the entity channeled by Jane Roberts (a graduate of Skidmore College
whose best-selling books include The Nature of Personal Reality  and The
Nature of the Psyche ), views same-sex eroticism as positive in terms of
"So each selects his love," he explains, "according to character ... So the
followers of Zeus desire that the soul of their beloved should resemble that god;
they look for one who loves wisdom and has a commanding nature . . . Again,
those who ...
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Lore Randy P. Conner, David Hatfield
Sparks, Mariya Sparks. WIKIGA-WINAGU 346 spread of my own body."
Whitman's spiritual vision was rooted not only in the body and nature but more
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