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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ALYHA Alyha Among the Mohave of the American Southwest, the third gender or
TWO-SPIRIT male, who, in the past, often served in a sham an ic capacity. Abo a
type of venereal disease (probably gonorrhea, as syphilis is hikupk ), which the ...
Along with the Arabian goddesses AL-LAT and AL-UZZA, with whom she formed
a trinity, Manat was served by hierodulic priestesses and gender variant male, or
MUKHANNATH(UN), priests. M anta Civilization of ancient Ecuador including ...
In rituals, she is served by a TWO- sPIRIT male shaman "dressed in a woman's
costume and wearing a mask made of seal-skin." Qailertetang is a weather
goddess or spirit, a guardian of animals, and a patron of HUNTERS and
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