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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Jo apele dressed in women's garments, decorated their faces like Lango women,
and wore their hair long. They took women's names and did the work of women,
which may have included serving as spiritual intermediaries, delivering oracles ...
To stress the fertility aspects is to discriminate against not only homosexuals but
also all women who have had tubal ligations or hysterectomies ... all men who
have undergone vasectomies . . . [and indeed, all] those who use birth control.
Wiya Numpa "Double Woman," a Native American Indian, Lakota female spiritual
being linked to ANOG ITE and associated with women-loving women. Wiya
Numpa "links two women together, making them one in Her power." These
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