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First published in 1890, The Golden Bough is a seminal work of modern anthropology. A classic study of the beliefs and institutions of mankind that traces the development and confluence of thought from magic and ritual to modern scientific theory, it has been a source of great influence upon such diverse writers as T.S. Eliot, Wyndham Lewis, and D.H. Lawrence. This edition restores many of the controversial passages expurgated in the 1922 edition that elucidate Frazer's bolder theories, and sets them within the framework of a valuable introduction and notes.
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St. Martin's Press has for some time now accepted the noble mission of keeping Frazer's (1854-1941) seminal work (essentially a transhistoric, comparative anthropology of folklore, magic, and religion) before the public in the complete and original form of its third edition (originally published in London by Macmillan, 1911-1915), rather than the ubiquitous abridgments which debase both the subject and the author's magisterial command of his materials and his art. Contrary to opinion from some corners, this is no relic--in the complete form presented here, it is nothing less than a window through which the modern world can watch its own emergence--a work worthy of the company of, say, Marx and Freud. Which makes the publication on acidic paper an egregious error--depriving the account of the endurance it deserves. (RC) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192835413
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Abridgement
  • Pages: 1012
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Sir James George Frazer
Bk. I The King of the Wood
1 The King of the Wood 9
2 Priestly Kings 22
3 Magic and Religion 26
4 Human Gods 60
5 Departmental Kings of Nature 77
6 The Worship of Trees 82
7 The Sacred Marriage 98
8 The Kings of Rome 114
9 The Succession to the Kingdom 122
10 The Burden of Royalty 134
11 The Perils of the Soul 153
12 Taboos 166
Bk. II Killing the God
1 The Mortality of the Gods 223
2 The Killing of the Divine King 228
3 Temporary Kings 254
4 Sacrifice of the King's Son 261
5 The Killing of the Tree-Spirit 273
6 Adonis 300
7 Sacred Prostitution 320
8 The Ritual of Adonis 331
9 Attis 346
10 The Hanged God 353
11 Osiris 366
12 Feasts of All Souls 375
13 Isis 387
14 Mother-kin and Mother Goddesses 390
15 Dionysus 396
16 Demeter and Persephone 405
17 Woman's Part in Primitive Agriculture 411
18 The Corn-Mother and Corn-Maiden 417
19 Lityerses 435
20 The Corn-Spirit as an Animal 455
21 Eating the God 498
22 The Flesh Diet 511
23 Killing the Divine Animal 521
Bk. III The Scapegoat
1 The Transference of Evil 557
2 Ancient Scapegoats 591
3 Killing the God in Mexico 607
4 The Saturnalia 630
5 The Crucifixion of Christ 666
Bk. IV The Golden Bough
1 Between Heaven and Earth 679
2 The Seclusion of Girls 686
3 Balder's Fires 706
4 The External Soul 750
5 Death and Resurrection 785
6 The Golden Bough 794
Explanatory Notes 809
Index 843
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    This book is worthless. Spend an extra dollar and buy the official version of the book, with a picture on the cover.

    Also, the Footnotes and Endnotes don't match up. So you cannot follow any of the textual prompts to the correct source. Makes the enjoyment of the book impossible.

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