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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AMAZONIUM Asia, one find the warrior-shamans as well as the divine female
beings SEDNA and QAILERTETANG. In African cultures, the mi-no (or mimo)
Amazon warriors of the Dahomean (Benin) culture are representative, as are the
I am willing to abide by the mystery and to celebrate Gilfaethwy and Gwydion
Welsh legendary warrior and magician, respectively. Math, the lord of the Welsh
province of Gwynedd and an ancestor of the Great Goddess of Wales and Ireland
Nemien Celtic warrior goddess, according to some the beloved of Badb, another
warrior goddess. She forms a trinity with Badb and Macha, a third warrior
goddess. She also has a male lover or spouse, the war god Neit (or Nuada).
Nemien is ...
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