The Golden Bough: A Study of Magic and Religion

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Stephen Ashley, Jan 26, 2013 - Religion - 440 pages
The Golden Bough. A study of Magic and Religion by Sir James George Frazer. The Classic. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion is a wide-ranging, comparative study of mythology and religion, written by the Scottish anthropologist Sir James George Frazer (1854-1941). It was first published in two volumes in 1890; in three volumes in 1900; and the third edition, published 1906-15, comprised twelve volumes. The work was aimed at a wide literate audience raised on tales as told in such publications as Thomas Bulfinch's The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes (1855). Frazer offered a modernist approach to discussing religion, treating it dispassionately as a cultural phenomenon rather than from a theological perspective. The influence of The Golden Bough on contemporary European literature and thought was substantial.
 

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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

Tabooed Acts
4
Recapitulation
10
The Magicians Progress
33
The Magical Control of the Weather
42
The Magical Control of the
53
Incarnate Hlunan Gods
70
Beneficent Powers of TreeSpirits
77
The Influence of the Sexes on Vegetation
88
Our Debt to the Savage
166
Sacrifice of the Kings
185
The Myth of Adonis
203
The Myth and Ritual of Attis
217
The Official Rites
232
CornMother and CornMaiden in N Europe
256
Human Sacrifices for the Crops
272
The Cornspirit as a Horse or Mare
285

The Kings of Rome and Alba
95
Tabooed Words
155
Names of Kings and other Sacred Persons tabooed
162
Eating the God among the Aztecs
302
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