The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

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Springer, Feb 19, 2016 - Social Science - 756 pages
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Sir James George Frazer originally set out to discover the origins of one ancient custom in Classical Rome - the plucking of the Golden Bough from a tree in the sacred grove of Diana, and the murderous succession of the priesthood there - and was led by his invetigations into a twenty-five year study of primitive customs, superstitions, magic and myth throughout the world. The monumental thirteen-volume work which resulted has been a rich source of anthropological material and a literary masterpiece for more than half a century. Both the wealth of his illustrative material and the broad sweep of his argument can be appreciated in this very readable single volume.
 

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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

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1
PRIESTLY KINGS e e
9
MAGIC AND RELIGION e e e e
48
MAGICIANS AS KINGS e e o
83
RELICS OF TREEWORSHIP IN MODERN EUROPE e I 20
120
THE INFLUENCE OF THE SEXES ON VEGETATION I 35
135
THE KINGS OF ROME AND ALBA
146
XIV
152
Osiris a Corngod
377
Osiris a Treespirit
380
Osiris a God of Fertility 4 Osiris a God of the Dead ISIS
381
XLII OSIRIS AND THE
384
EUROPE
399
THE CORNMOTHER IN MANY LANDS
412
The Double Personification of the Corn as Mother
420
Human Sacrifices for the Crops
431

XVI
161
XVII
168
TABOOED ACTS
194
TABOOED WORDS
244
XXIV XXV XXVI XXVII XXVIII XXIX XXX XXXI XXXII XXXIII XXXIV XXXV XXXVI XXXVII XXXVIII XXXIX XL YLI OUR DEBT TO T...
262
THE KILLING OF THE DIVINE KING 1 The Mortality of the Gods
264
Kings killed when their Strength fails
265
Kings killed at the End of a Fixed Term
274
TEMPORARY KINGS
283
SACRIFICE OF THE KINGs
289
SUCCESSION TO THE SOUL
293
THE KILLING of THE TREESPIRIT The Whitsuntide Mummers
296
Burying the Carnival
298
Carrying out Death 4 Bringing in Summer
307
Battle of Summer and Winter
316
Death and Resurrection of Kostrubonko
317
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319
THE MYTH OF ADONIS
324
ADONIS IN SYRIA
327
ADONIS IN CYPRUS
329
Death and Revival of Vegetation Analogous Rites in India 9 The Magic Spring THE RITUAL OF ADONIS
337
THE GARDENS OF ADONIS
341
THE MYTH AND RITUAL OF ATTIS
347
ATTIS AS A GOD OF VEGETATION
352
HUMAN REPRESENTATIVES OF ATTIS
353
ORIENTAL RELIGIONS IN THE WEST
356
THE MYTH OF OSIRIS
362
THE RITUAL OF OSIRIS 1 The Popular Rites
368
The Official Rites
373
THE NATURE OF OSIRIS
375
The Cornspirit slain in his Human Representatives
438
KLVIII THE CORNSPIRIT AS AN ANIMAL
447
The Cornspirit as a Horse or Mare
459
Demeter the Pig and the Horse
469
Virbius and the Horse
476
Many Manii at Aricia
491
The Egyptian and the Aino Types of Sacrament
532
PUBLIC SCAPEGOATS
562
THE MYTH OF BALDER
607
The Midsummer Fires e e
638
THE BURNING OF HUMAN BEINGS IN THE FIRES
650
LXV BALDER AND THE MISTLETOE e
658
THE EXTERNAL SOUL IN FOLKTALES e
667
THE EXTERNAL SOUL IN FOLKCUSTOM e
679
THE GOLDEN BOUGH e e e 7o I
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Pac 262
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265
724
476
730
274
731
296
733
3o I
735
319
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327 329
740
352
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SIR JAMES GEORGE FRAZER (1854-1941) was one of the arly pioneers in the sociological study of religion. He began his career as a classicist but it is for his work in social anthropology that he is best remembered. His most famous work, The Golden Bough first appeared in 1890 in a two-volume edition but was twice revised and expanded, the third edition appearing in twelve volumes in 1911-15. Frazer's other works include Psyche's Task, Totemism and Exogamy, The Belief in Immortality and The Worship of the Dead and Folklore in the Old Testament.

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