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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The Yoruba religion is known by various names including [I]sin Orisha, roughly
translated as "the way of the Orishd." The orishd are the divinitieS of the religion.
The religion has many branches. The development of these branches, especially
3 AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-DIASPORIC believe that offerings and sacrifices
must be made to the orishd in order to honor and appease them and in order to
obtain their blessings. The Yoruba religion has a hierarchical priesthood. Names
Orunmila (also Ifa) The orishd Orunmila, identified with Saint Francis of Assisi, is
the Yoruba god of divination. It is he who controls the Table of Ifa, which reveals "
the ultimate destiny of each individual." Orunmila is, in one of his manifestations,
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