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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Among the Koniag, Iban Dayak, and others, metamorphosis might also
commence when a deity or spirit visited the young person in a dream or
otherwise altered state. The young Mohave woman destined to become a hwame
would begin ...
With the onset of the next stage, the young person would leave behind "all
pursuits and manners of his [or her] sex." The Maricopa female kwiraxame would
begin to hunt and to fight in battle. Vladimir Bogoras wrote of the Chukchi soft
As a young woman, she was married to a man. A number of years later, however,
Arescusa allegedly began to grow a beard and to display other masculine
attributes. After separating from her husband and taking the name Arescon[tes],
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