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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Practitioner Mejia told writer Gloria Anzaldua, "You visit any Hispanic drag
queen's apartment and what do you see - a grand altar!" Some priests and
practitioners insist that drag has nothing whatsoever to do with the religion - an
opinion that ...
He felt sad - we are not told what she felt - on realizing there would be no male
heir. Abban, empathizing with him, blessed the infant and then magically
transformed her into a male. St Abban is feted on March 16. Abbata In Santeria, a
There she met Sthuna, a Yaksha (demi-god), who told her that rather than have
her kill herself, he would exchange sexes with her for a while, as long as she
would agree to give his penis back one day. When Shikhandin told her father
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