The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

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Wordsworth Editions, 1993 - Religion - 756 pages
Sir James George Frazer (1854-1941) is regarded as one of the founders of modern anthropology. 'The Golden Bough' appeared in twelve volumes between 1890 and 1915. This volume is the author's own abridgement of his great work, and was first published in 1922. Remarkable for its vast assembly of facts and its charm of presentation, it offers the thesis that man progresses from magic through religious belief to scientific thought. It discusses fertility rites, human sacrifice, the dying god, the scapegoat and many other symbols and practices which have influenced a whole generation of 20th century writers, including D.H. Lawrence, Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot.
 

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This is a great and fascinating work, steeped in detail and careful scholarship, and very well-written. The pity is that the underlying assumption of the work, that the customs it details are evidence ... Read full review

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A massive tome that, although abridged, still packs a punch. This has all the things to like about the unabridged version. The chapters dive into the mythologies and symbology that ancient societies ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
ix
The King of the Wood
3
Priestly Kings
9
Sympathetic Magic II
10
Magic and Religion
48
The Magical Control of the Weather
60
Magicians as Kings
83
Incarnate Human Gods
91
Human Representatives of Attis
353
Oriental Religions in the West
356
The Myth of Osiris
362
The Ritual of Osiris
368
The Nature of Osiris
377
Isis
382
Osiris and the Sun
384
Dionysus
385

Departmental Kings of Nature
106
The Worship of Trees
109
Relics of Treeworship in Modern Europe
120
The Influence of the Sexes on Vegetation
135
The Sacred Marriage
139
The Kings of Rome and Alba
146
The Succession to the Kingdom in Ancient Latium
152
The Worship of the Oak
159
Dianus and Diana
161
The Burden of Royalty
168
The Perils of the Soul
178
Tabooed Acts
194
Tabooed Persons
202
Tabooed Things
223
Tabooed Words
244
Our Debt to the Savage
262
The Killing of the Divine King
264
Temporary Kings
283
Sacrifice of the Kings Son
289
Succession to the Soul
293
The Killing of the Treespirit
296
The Myth of Adonis
324
Adonis in Syria
327
Adonis in Cyprus
329
The Ritual of Adonis
335
The Gardens of Adonis
341
The Myth and Ritual of Attis
347
Attis as a God of Vegetation
352
Demeter and Persephone
393
The Cornmother and the Cornmaiden in Northern Europe
399
The Cornmother in many Lands
412
Lityerses
424
The Cornspirit as an Animal
447
Ancient Deities of Vegetation as Animals
464
Eating the God
479
Homoeopathic Magic of a Flesh Diet
494
Killing the Divine Animal
499
The Propitiation of Wild Animals by Hunters
518
Types of Animal Sacrament
532
The Transference of Evil
538
The Public Expulsion of Evils
546
Public Scapegoats
562
Human Scapegoats in Classical Antiquity
577
Killing the God in Mexico
587
Between Heaven and Earth
592
The Myth of Balder
607
The Firefestivals of Europe
609
The Interpretation of the Firefestivals
641
The Burning of Human Beings in the Fires
650
Balder and the Mistletoe
658
The External Soul in Folktales
667
The External Soul in Folkcustom
679
The Golden Bough
701
Farewell to Nemi
711
Index
715
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