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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Shrieking Scorpion In the visionary cosmos of queeridentified writer William
BURROUGHS in The Western Lands ( 1987 ) , the daughter of the lesbian union
of the Egyptian cat goddess Bast and the scorpion goddess Selket . “ With her ...
This union , which is a Jamaica and making her home in England . Inspired by
numinous experience , beyond the personal , also deeply Buddhism , Women ' s
Spirituality , Goddess Reverence , embodies the personal . ” This sentiment has ...
331 UNION while sojourning in Rome , Montaigne learned of same - sex male
wedding ceremonies that had been performed at the Church of St John ...
participated in same - sex unions were considered as belonging to a particular
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