The Golden Bough (Google eBook)

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Canongate Books, Jul 1, 2010 - Religion - 848 pages
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The authoritative 1890 edition with an introduction by Cairns Craig and Frazerís own afterword. Published originally in two volumes in 1890, this extraordinary study of primitive myth and magic led Scottish anthropologist J.G. Frazer to identify parallel patterns of ritual, symbols and belief across many centuries and many different cultures. His observations on the mysteries of fertility and death, and the rites of the sacrificial king who must die to save his people, overturned much of contemporary intellectual thinking, not least because of the enlightening or Ďhereticalí parallels it suggested with the Christian religion. Frazerís elegant and authoritative style, and the breadth of his learning inspired a whole generation of ethnographers and comparative anthropologists, and had a particularly powerful effect on many other thinkers and writers such as Sigmund Freud, D.H. Lawrence, Joyce, Yeats and T.S. Eliot. This definitive volume includes the unabridged original 1890 edition as well as several essays and lectures by Frazer. ĎFrazerís work has epic scale yet mesmerizing fineness of detail. We see the great structures of civilization forming and melting against a background of elemental mystery. The effect is cinematic and sublime.í Camille Paglia
  

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Review: The Golden Bough

User Review  - Charles - Goodreads

If you're going to learn about anything "occult", then, this is where to start. Forget all those other cheap, juvenile occult books, based on a poor and feeble-minded outlook on anything Pagan. Once ... Read full review

Review: The Golden Bough

User Review  - Christopher - Goodreads

So I really shouldn't be marking this as "read", because I only read about half of it in a college Comparative Religions class. I'd like to go back and read it in full. It's a wonderfully dense ... Read full review

Contents

The Perils of the Soul
93
Killing the God
183
The Golden Bough
543
Offerings of Firstfruits
671
Totemism
685
The Origin of Totemism
795
The Scope of Social Anthropology
847
Index
889
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J. G. Frazer (1854-1941) was born and educated in Glasgow, where he attended the University before going to Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1871 he became a Classics Fellow at Trinity. He was knighted in 1914. He translated work from Greek and wrote fiction, but he is best known as a pioneer of social anthropology and comparative ethnography. Although he has many other titles to his name, none were to have the wide-ranging social and imaginative impact of The Golden Bough (first published in 1890).

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