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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According to Arnobius, in the latter years of Dionysiac worship, many of these
herms were modeled on the celebrated phallus of ALCIBIADES. The Alimos was
also a dance of Attica. Al-Jink (or El-Gink [eyn]) Men, typically of Turkish, Greek, ...
In the latter days of her worship, she was recognized as a savior who was
accessible to prayer, granting boons and promising her worshippers a joyous
afterlife. Cybele's male consort was ATTIS. She was also linked to the god
At least three of these galli were slaves who found freedom from their masters in
the worship of Cybele. The name Dindymus, incidentally, is theophoric, fusing
one of Cybele's appellations, Dindymene, with the masculine ending "-us." Such
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