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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They took women's names and did the work of women, which may have included
serving as spiritual intermediaries, delivering oracles while sitting beneath Atida-
Jok's sacred banyan tree. They were formally wedded to men "without offending ...
Years after the relationship with Crowley had ended, a friend of Neuburg's,
seeing him sitting on a pedestal in the garden, remarked, "Great Gods, does
Vicky [i.e. Victor] look like Pan, or a goblin, or what?" The poet Ethel Archer said
The man on the left wears masculine clothing, has short hair, and sits on a stool.
The man on the right - we know he is male because of his description in the text
as a "pervert," "sodomite," and "effeminate . . . womanish" male- wears feminine ...
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