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 transformed person . . . becomes . . . fond of small-talk and of nurturing small
children." During this stage of transformation, an individual might even change
the way in which he or she entered a dwelling. Among the Koryak, a young male
Aalulujjuusi chanted some magic words, or irinaliuti, and this spell or charm
caused Uumarnituq to transform into a woman. On doing so, he, now she, gave
birth to a male infant, from whom the Inuit trace their descent. In those times,
The caduceus is associated in Greek myth and religion with healing, magic, and
metamorphosis, including gender transformation. It is a sacred attribute of
numerous deities linked to transgenderism and/or same-sex desire, including ...
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