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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Among the Mohave of North America, black paint, when worn by HWAME, TWO-
SPIRIT women, signified their transgendered status. During World War II, while
lesbians, unlike gay men (who were forced to wear pink triangle badges), were
The Fool, signifying innocence, wonder, risk- taking, and the beginning of a great
journey, corresponds, says Crowley, to Zeus Arrhenothelus, who represents the
fusion of "masculine and feminine ... the true Hermaphroditic nature of the ...
Yin and Yang In Taoism, the Tao, or source of all life, is perceived as existing
beyond gender. Nevertheless, it is often described as being comprised of yin and
yang energies, with yin basically signifying the feminine and/or receptive and
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