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 shamanic trance is closely linked to the state of possession, the primary
difference being that with possession (also referred to as "embodiment," "
enthusiasm" [from en- + -theos, "taking the god within"], or CHANNELING) a
29 SHAMANISM beauty. With the onset of the next stage, the young person
would leave behind "all pursuits and manners of his [or her] sex." The Maricopa
female kwiraxame would begin to hunt and to fight in battle. Vladimir Bogoras
wrote of ...
SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS 30 the shaman as "wholly masculine, and well
developed," Ya'tirgin "confessed that ... he hoped that in time, with the aid of the
KE'LET [spirit], Tilu'wgi would be able to equal the real soft men of old, and to
change the ...
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