The Golden Bough: A Study of Magic and Religion

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The Floating Press, May 1, 2009 - Religion - 1036 pages
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Sir James George Frazer's The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion is a broad comparative study of mythology and religion. Treating religion as a cultural phenomenon rather than discussing it from a theological perspective, the effect of The Golden Bough on both European literature and the emerging discipline of anthropology was substantial. The pioneering anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski said of it: "No sooner had I read this great work than I became immersed in it and enslaved by it. I realized then that anthropology, as presented by Sir James Frazer, is a great science, worthy of as much devotion as any of her elder and more exact studies and I became bound to the service of Frazerian anthropology."
 

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User Review  - ritaer - LibraryThing

Thank you for the abridged edition, Sir James. Even the abridgment contains a confounding amount of information and examples. Like any attempt to shoehorn a large portion of human behavior into one ... Read full review

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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

Superstition and religion. The cultural - not theological - evolution of religions. A very interesting book, it has a modernist view and takes mythology as a basis for belief in higher powers. Very influential for its time. Read full review

Contents

XXXVI Human Representatives of Attis
833
XXXVII Oriental Religions in the West
839
XXXVIII The Myth of Osiris
853
XXXIX The Ritual of Osiris
867
XL The Nature of Osiris
888
XLI Isis
899
XLII Osiris and the Sun
904
XLIII Dionysus
908

VIII Departmental Kings of Nature
256
IX The Worship of Trees
264
X Relics of Tree Worship in Modern Europe
289
XI The Influence of the Sexes on Vegetation
324
XII The Sacred Marriage
334
XIII The Kings of Rome and Alba
350
XIV The Succession to the Kingdom in Ancient Latium
363
XV The Worship of the Oak
380
XVI Dianus and Diana
387
XVII The Burden of Royalty
402
XVIII The Perils of the Soul
426
XIX Tabooed Acts
463
XX Tabooed Persons
482
XXI Tabooed Things
530
XXII Tabooed Words
578
XXIII Our Debt to the Savage
620
XXIV The Killing of the Divine King
625
XXV Temporary Kings
669
XXVI Sacrifice of the Kings Son
682
XXVII Succession to the Soul
691
XXVIII The Killing of the TreeSpirit
697
XXIX The Myth of Adonis
761
XXX Adonis in Syria
771
XXXI Adonis in Cyprus
776
XXXII The Ritual of Adonis
790
XXXIII The Gardens of Adonis
803
XXXIV The Myth and Ritual of Attis
817
XXXV Attis as a God of Vegetation
829
XLIV Demeter and Persephone
925
XLV The CornMother and the CornMaiden in Northern Europe
939
XLVI The CornMother in Many Lands
969
XLVII Lityerses
997
XLVIII The CornSpirit as an Animal
1050
XLIX Ancient Deities of Vegetation as Animals
1089
L Eating the God
1124
LI Homeopathic Magic of a Flesh Diet
1157
LII Killing the Divine Animal
1169
LIII The Propitiation of Wild Animals by Hunters
1212
LIV Types of Animal Sacrament
1244
LV The Transference of Evil
1260
LVI The Public Expulsion of Evils
1278
LVII Public Scapegoats
1314
LVIII Human Scapegoats in Classical Antiquity
1350
LIX Killing the God in Mexico
1372
LX Between Heaven and Earth
1385
LXI The Myth of Balder
1420
LXII The FireFestivals of Europe
1424
LXIII The Interpretation of the FireFestivals
1498
LXIV The Burning of Human Beings in the Fires
1519
LXV Balder and the Mistletoe
1538
LXVI The External Soul in FolkTales
1559
LXVII The External Soul in FolkCustom
1585
LXVIII The Golden Bough
1635
LXIX Farewell to Nemi
1658
Endnotes
1666
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