The Golden Bough (Abridged): A Study in Magic and Religion

Front Cover, Jan 1, 2004 - Religion
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Sir James George Frazer developed an affinity for classic literature at a young age, which developed into a very real talent through his schooling at Glasgow University and then Trinity College at Cambridge, where he remained as a Classics Fellow for all but one year of his life. After the success of his first novel, "Totemism", in 1887, Frazer set out to create what was to become his defining work, "The Golden Bough: A Study in Comparative Religion". Originally a two-volume edition, the work expanded into multiple volumes, which in 1922 he edited down to the most widely-read abridged version, which has been reproduced here for this edition. It was initially celebrated as a remarkable study of comparative anthropology, but was later discredited by scientists because Frazer did not follow standard scientific procedures. Nevertheless, it could not be denied the work was an incredible literary accomplishment, influential towards the development of Western thought and such great 20th century thinkers as Freud, Anatole France, Margaret Mead, and Oswald Spengler.

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User Review  - Chelsea - Goodreads

I was torn when rating this book. On one hand this is a great book if you want to have at hand a resource for descriptions of rituals. In one volume you have a collection of rituals across cultures ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joshua Daniel Cochran - Goodreads

My friend Andy gave me this book and it sat (quite fatly) on my shelf for six years. Andy gave it to me because it's in Apocalypse Now, the topmost book on Kurtz's shelf toward the end. Let me just ... Read full review

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James George Frazer was a British social anthropologist, folklorist, and classical scholar who taught for most of his life at Trinity College, Cambridge. Greatly influenced by Edward Burnett Tylor's Primitive Culture, published in 1871, he wrote The Golden Bough (1890), a massive reconstruction of the whole of human thought and custom through the successive stages of magic, religion, and science.The Golden Bough is regarded by many today as a much-loved but antiquated relic, but, by making anthropological data and knowledge academically respectable, Frazer made modern comparative anthropology possible.

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