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 calusari were, like transgendered male shamans and priests of goddesses,
ecstatics who would enter into an altered state of consciousness as they danced
faster and faster in a ring, "so fast that their feet seemed to fly." Their dances ...
What an iconoclast, a veritable Doctor Faustus, Marlowe must have seemed.
Beyond his own wide reading of hermetic texts, his dabbling in the magical arts,
and his association with Sir Walter Raleigh's mysterious salon, the School of
As he danced the endless dance . . . weaving evanescent garlands in the air, his
lips were parted in ecstasy, and he seemed to emit a perfumed gaze." In similar
fashion, Nijinsky incarnated the spirits of NARcISSUS (in Narcisse, 1911), a JINN
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