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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He appears to have been a devotee of the goddess CYBELE, the god
DIONYSUS, and perhaps also the goddess DEMETER. Perhaps because he was
a devotee of these deities, he frequently dressed in women's garments. In his
This shamanistic descent was followed by a rite of communion, in which a
substance, perhaps moretum, was eaten from a tambourine, while a beverage,
perhaps milk, was drunk from a cymbal. The ritual of induction climaxed with a
Although "variously stated to have been a woman and a hermaphrodite," Lan
Caihe is generally perceived as a male who "could not understand how to be a
man (which is perhaps the reason why he has been supposed to be a woman) ...
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