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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Detienne suggests that the gardens symbolized the youth's fragility, sexual
precocity, and early death. Both the gardens that grow quickly and then die and
the sensuous youth are manifestations of aklosia, or early and unnatural ripening
The relationship of Baal and the youth, or Kinar, has been compared to that of
ZEUS and GANYMEDE, suggesting a homoerotic aspect. Johannes DeMoor also
maintains that a gender variant priest may have taken the role of the "sweet- ...
The Scholar and the Flower Spirit In a tale of the Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-
1644), a scholar sojourning in a Taoist temple falls in love with a handsome
youth who proves invisible to all but him. The scholar discovers that the youth is a
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