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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Aeolus (1981) includes songs like "The Mermaid" and "Every Woman Born", the
latter written to celebrate the birthday of Z Budapest and to commemorate a Take
Back the Night March in Los Angeles, while Music of the Rolling World (\9$2) ...
to women like herself, / powerful, enduring." Tiger In Chinese symbology and
astrology, the tiger, especially the white tiger, is considered androgynous,
partaking of YIN AND YANG. Tiki Polynesian deified hero associated with
eroticism and ...
In a tenth-century northern Italian lyric, a young man loved by the poet is
described as a "wondrous idol of Venus," and in "Venus Transiens," the poet Amy
Lowell (1874-1925) writes of a woman she loves, "Tell me, / Was Venus more
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