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 male taking the masculine role is often the AGNIDHRA or hotr priest, while
the one taking the feminine role is the NESTR or adhvaryn priest. Miti The wife of
Big RAven, she is a Koryak deity associated with transgendered shamans. In one
... the ruler of cycles – rain and drought , winter and summer , poverty and wealth
. Oshumaré is the god of movement , of action . Occasionally depicted as a
servant of SHANGÓ , Oshumaré's " office consists of taking water from the earth
to his ...
The male flower spirit is searching for a human male to love because, we are told
, he was a female in a previous incarnation, and also he wishes to become
human again by taking some of the scholar's energy into himself. Schubert, Franz
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