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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Caieteva According to the ritual magician Cornelius Agrippa (1486-1 535),
Caieteva was a woman who lived during Agrippa's time who magically
transformed into a man after many years of heterosexual marriage. Cainites
Gnostic sect ...
One tale of Callisto relates how ZEUS, realizing Callisto's love for Artemis,
transformed himself into, or disguised himself as, Artemis in order to arouse her
passion. Unfortunately, it seems that before Artemis learned of Zeus's trick, she
Some versions of the myth say that at the time of Phaenon 's death, Zeus
immortalized him by transforming him into the planet JUPITER. Others report,
however, that HERMES stole Phaenon away by suggesting that they live together
in the ...
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