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by James George Frazer

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It has also been published in several different one-volume abridgments.

The Illustrated Golden Bough. In its time, The Golden Bough influenced such luminaries as . Eliot and Robert Graves, who were more likely to have read all twelve volumes. As anthropological studies go, I gather The Golden Bough has been left behind by more modern efforts. That said, Frazer's effort to answer a specific question by resorting to the general is comprehensive.

LibriVox recording of The Golden Bough, by Sir James Frazer. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion is a wide-ranging comparative study of mythology and religion, written by Scottish anthropologist Sir James George Frazer (1854–1941). It offered a modernist approach, discussing religion dispassionately as a cultural phenomenon, rather than from a theological perspective.

The Golden Bough: A Study of Magic and Religion. The Golden Bough: By Sir James George Frazer - Illustrated.

by Sir James George Frazer. Turner) Aeneas and the Sybil have just presented the Golden Bough, which allows entry to the Elysian Fields, to the gatekeeper. Chapter 1. The King of the Wood. Section 1. Diana and Virbius. Section 2. Artemis and Hippolytus.

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Frazer's definitions of "magic," religion, and "science were useful to his successors in social anthropology, and his explications of ancient legends influenced generations .

Frazer's definitions of "magic," religion, and "science were useful to his successors in social anthropology, and his explications of ancient legends influenced generations of writers and poets. The Golden Bough : a study of magic and religion.

The Golden Bough describes our ancestors' primitive methods of worship, sex practices, strange rituals and festivals. A study of magic and religion. By. Sir james george frazer. Disproving the popular thought that primitive life was simple, this monumental survey shows that savage man was enmeshed in a tangle of magic, taboos, and superstitions. Revealed here is the evolution of man from savagery to civilization, from the modification of his weird and often bloodthirsty customs to the entry of lasting moral, ethical, and spiritual values. T H E G O L D E N B O U G H p. 2a. The golden bough.

The Fire-festivals in general ALL over Europe the peasants have been accustomed from time immemorial to kindle bonfires on certain days of the year, and to dance round or leap over them.

The Fire-festivals in general ALL over Europe the peasants have been accustomed from time immemorial to kindle bonfires on certain days of the year, and to dance round or leap over them his kind can be traced back on historical evidence to the Middle Ages, and their analogy to similar customs observed in antiquity goes with strong internal evidence to prove that their origin must be sought in a period long prior to the spread of Christianity

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For as long as this marvelous book has been in print, I am always appalled to find so many intelligent people ostensibly graced with a post graduate liberal education that have no knowledge of it. It is a comprehensive study of religion, myth, and their origins and how they are all intertwined in every society. Daunting in size, even in the abridged edition, it is singular in that the facts and conclusions are all based either on creditable ancient sources or mostly on direct study of primitive, isolated societies still in existence during Frazier's life. There is a minimum of speculation and a maximum of conclusion based on comparison of identical or very similar cultural beliefs and practices. The effect on literature alone is reason enough to read this book.
Yes, this is the abridged version, but it still is over 15k locations in the study of ancient ritual and magical practices. Different cultures and different locations perhaps, but so often humanity came to the same conclusions. It's really quite amazing. Having now read this, it's a reminder of how much great literature is out there that I had never read. The King of the Wood will definitely stay with me forever.

Seriously, if you don't have this get it now.
In The Golden Bough, James George Frazer, an expert social anthropologist, explains the ancient origins of the world's myths, rituals, and religions. He shows the similarities between many cultures' strange superstitions, such as animal and human sacrifice, fertility ritual, community cleansing rituals, and others.

He begins with the question of why, at Nemi in prehistoric Greek times, a warrior priest known as the King of the Wood kept his position by fighting for his life, which could be threatened at any time by his successor and murderer. By attempting to explain this ancient tradition, Frazer examines similarities between religious beliefs and shows how the belief in magic and the worship of nature was gradually transformed into the worship of religious kings and gods.

Controversially, many elements of Christianity are included, such as Christ's crucifixion and the fact that many Christian holidays coincide with the dates of prehistoric pagan rituals. For the diligent skeptic of Frazer's ideas, I would advise reading the full, multi-volume edition, which includes the archeological evidence for the theories.

This book is ESSENTIAL for the studies of mythology, religion, or anthropology.
The Amazon Review questions asked for this book DO NOT pertain to the content of the book. There is no plot or characters acting in a story. It is not a novel; IT IS a well-researched book for serious students of anthropology, culture, cognitive thought development across cultures, and symbolic meaning with religious significance. It made a tremendous impact on me years ago, and I wanted another copy for friends and college students to read. Everyone should read this book to discover the underlying role of traditions and practices in the world today. Most people have no idea about the true origin of their religious practices.
What else can I say except this is a classic - a treasure-trove of beliefs, rituals and traditions of "Magic" and "Religion" (and wherever the twain, and medicine, do meet). This is an all-encompassing reference book invaluable to those who were mesmerized by Greek mythology, entranced by the sylvan and nature beliefs and rituals of both ancient times and aboriginal practices. Certainly not written with any thought of "political correctness" (Frazer lumps most aboriginal humans - both past and Frazer's present day - as "barbarians" or "savages"), the reader must consider when this was written; yet, one will find terminology still used today (remember the movie "Practical Magic").
I am re-reading this book. I had forgotten how easy the author's writing is to read. Although it's a 19th century book, the writing seems more modern. The Kindle version is very handy. If you haven't read it, this is worth reading. The legend the author researched and described is at the root of many traditional stories.
Although extremely lengthy and at times, dull, it is a must for students of religion, anthropology, and history. Clearly shows man's evolution through mythmagic, religion, and science. Fascinating!
Product description is for the paperback Oxford University Press edition; this hardback is a 2013 version by Simon and Brown publishers. The binding is cheap plasticized cardboard (the image in the listing is not a dust cover, it is the book itself) and the paper is inferior and likely will turn brown in a few years. The printing covers most of the page from edge to edge with little of the white space that one is used to from quality publishers. As a lover of quality books with over 5000 hardback volumes in my library, I have never come across a piece of trash like this. It is an insult to Fraser and his work.
Golden Bough download epub
Author: James George Frazer
ISBN: 1568495013
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: Buccaneer Books (April 1, 1994)