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 is then given certain gifts including three sacred threads (representing
viSHNU, Shiva, and BRAHMA) and is accepted as a disciple (brahmacarin) by
his master (acarya). The acceptance of the disciple into the order is described in
terms of ...
Talking God was made from white CORN by Changing Woman (or Turquoise
Woman); hence his other name, White Body. He is frequently paired in a
relationship of polarity with cALLING GOD. Talking God lives in a sacred
mountain in the ...
She was the intimate companion of Valentine Ackland (1906-1969) for many
years. We' wha (1849-1896) Zuni TWO-SPIRIT lhamana who served as a
spiritual guide, dressing in traditional female dress and excelling at sacred arts
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