Magic and Religion

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Kessinger Publishing, 2004 - Social Science - 316 pages
1901. While best known for his translations of classical literature and as a collector of folk and fairy tales, Lang also wrote poetry, biographies, histories, novels, literary criticisms and even children's books. Lang was one of the first to apply anthropological findings to the study of myth and folklore. He was also one of the founders of the study of Psychical Research and his other writings on anthropology include Magic and Religion. Content: Science and Superstition; The Theory of Loan-Gods: or Borrowed Religion; Magic and Religion; The Origin of the Christian Faith; The Approaches to Mr. Frazer's Theory; Attempts to Prove the Sacaean Criminal Divine; Zakmuk, Sacaea and Purim; Mordecai, Esther, Vashti and Haman; Why was the Mock-King of the Sacaea Whipped and Hanged?; Calvary; The Ghastly Priest; South African Religion; Cup and Ring: An Old Problem Solved; First-Fruits and Taboos; and Walking Through Fire. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

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Andrew Lang was born at Selkirk in Scotland on March 31, 1844. He was a historian, poet, novelist, journalist, translator, and anthropologist, in connection with his work on literary texts. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy, St. Andrews University, and Balliol College, Oxford University, becoming a fellow at Merton College. His poetry includes Ballads and Lyrics of Old France (1872), Ballades in Blue China (1880--81), and Grass of Parnassus (1888--92). His anthropology and his defense of the value of folklore as the basis of religion is expressed in his works Custom and Myth (1884), Myth, Ritual and Religion (1887), and The Making of Religion (1898). He also translated Homer and critiqued James G. Frazer's views of mythology as expressed in The Golden Bough. He was considered a good historian, with a readable narrative style and knowledge of the original sources including his works A History of Scotland (1900-7), James VI and the Gowrie Mystery (1902), and Sir George Mackenzie (1909). He was one of the most important collectors of folk and fairy tales. His collections of Fairy books, including The Blue Fairy Book, preserved and handed down many of the better-known folk tales from the time. He died of angina pectoris on July 20, 1912.

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