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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Upon being fatally castrated by a wild boar , the blood of Adonis was transformed
into anemones , which preserve the memory of the beautiful young man .
Anethus Young man of Roman mythology who loved another young man named
Carpus , whose name signifies “ fruit , " was transformed into an unnamed fruit .
Grief - stricken and inconsolable at causing his lover ' s death , Calamus ' s body
withered until he was transformed into a reed . Calamus reed was used in ...
Callisto Either a wood nymph or the daughter of Lykaon , Callisto was a beloved
companion of the GrecoRoman goddess ARTEMIS / DIANA . One tale of Callisto
relates how ZEUS , realizing Callisto's love for Artemis , transformed himself into
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