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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For his efforts, he was arrested and imprisoned at Toledo in 1577; there, he wrote
his most beautiful works, including Noche oscura del Alma ( The Dark Night of
the Soul). While nothing is certain concerning Juan's sexuality, his work seems ...
Sir Richard Burton, writing of this event in his Terminal Essay to "The Thousand
and One Nights," observes: "Bougres and bougrerie date . . . from the thirteenth
century . . . [The] term[s] gained strength in the sixteenth when the members of the
Burton, Sir Richard F. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. New York:
The Hertiage Press, 1962. Burton, Sir Richard F. Terminal Essay to "The
Thousand and One Nights. " London: privately printed publication, 1901. Butler,
Becky, ed ...
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