The Golden Bough

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Penguin Books Limited, Aug 29, 1996 - History - 907 pages
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The landmark study of world myth and culture
Draws on myths, rituals, totems and taboos of ancient European and primitive cultures throughout the world. The third edition of this monumental study of folklore, magic, and religion was abridged by the authour into this single volume in 1922.
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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

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About the author (1996)

James Frazer was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1854. He died in Cambridge, England, in 1941. Best remembered as the author of the The Golden Bough, Frazer was also an anthropologist, folklorist, and classical scholar. His work was an influence on such notables as Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and James Joyce.

George W. Stocking (1928-2013) was a historian of social anthropology, focused on anthropology's own past, tracing the field of study's development on two continents. Stocking was the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He was the author of After Tylor, The Ethnographer's Magic and Other Essays in the History of Anthropology, and Victorian Anthropology.