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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Especially at larger gatherings , a tendency to create fantasy environments is
pronounced . The Faerie Circle has become an international movement . Its
major voice is the journal RFD ; its minor voice , FDR ( the Faerie Dish Rag ) . In
When asked , “ But how do we make it solid , ” Burroughs , through the voice of a
character , replies , “ We don ' t . . . When you do this , it ceases to be spirit . ”
Butterfly In Greek mythology and religion , the butterfly signifies eros , thanatos ...
Strongly identifying with queer consciousness, Galás speaks of having always
been drawn to the goddess ARTEMIS/DIANA as a hunter, warrior, and witch who
does not bear children. In this vein, she also explains that the voice “has always ...
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