The Golden Bough: A Study of Magic and Religion

The Golden Bough: A Study of Magic and Religion

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by James George Frazer
     
 

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James Frazer's monumental study of world mythology and folklore has been a controversial work for over a century. The Golden Bough is "a great body of primitive and barbarous beliefs" and essential reading for anyone interested in mythology, supernatural magic or religion, especially modern neo-pagan practices. More than one critic has said that it should be

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James Frazer's monumental study of world mythology and folklore has been a controversial work for over a century. The Golden Bough is "a great body of primitive and barbarous beliefs" and essential reading for anyone interested in mythology, supernatural magic or religion, especially modern neo-pagan practices. More than one critic has said that it should be required reading for everyone.

"To read [The Golden Bough] is to share in the adventure of mankind's cultural Odyssey and to undergo an enlargement of one's own sympathy and understanding for one's fellow beings...It is a book to be read and reread." -- Ashley Montagu.

This Enhanced Media edition is based on Frazer's single volume 1922 edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781512267716
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/18/2015
Pages:
660
Sales rank:
791,003
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

Sir James George Frazer (1854-1941), was a Scottish social anthropologist influential in the early stages of the modern studies of mythology and comparative religion. He is often considered one of the founding fathers of modern anthropology. His most famous work, The Golden Bough (1890), documents and details the similarities among magical and religious beliefs around the globe. Frazer posited that human belief progressed through three stages: primitive magic, replaced by religion, in turn replaced by science.

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Golden Bough: a study of magic and religion (abridged edition of 1922) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book contains a combination of mythology, folklore, and magic. If you are interested in magic or religion then this is a good book is for you.
Kelly1A More than 1 year ago
If your interest is in anthropology or sociology, this is a comprehensive tome that should not be missed. Mythology has always been an interest of mine since I was a child. In my adulthood, I find I am attracted more to the history of the medium and the societies behind the myths than the myths themselves. This well researched work did not disappoint, feeding my thirst and giving me a wealth of information not found in my previous reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed The Golden Bough: A Study of Magic and Religion. It’s a collection of wonderful stories involving the history of the world. The illustrations are quite beautiful. It’s filled with mythology, supernatural magic, and modern neo-pagan practices. I highly recommend and give author James Frazer five stars for the excellent content.  
LakeGirl2015 More than 1 year ago
I like history books and I like mythology and folklore. This book combines the two. I read it as the history of the world (or, specifically, northern Europe) as told in myths, cultural beliefs, and religious practices. The neo-pagan aspect is especially interesting to me. Wonderful art, too.
Judith2 More than 1 year ago
This is the epitome of a volume a lover of culture, mythology, pagan practices, magic and stories that transcend time should have in their library. . Although this volume has been around for over a hundred years, the writing it still applicable to live in the 21st century. The collection is rich in the wealth of knowledge and tales it tells. It  offers stories that are rich in description and tradition.  It is a wonderful way to spend a rainy weekend - read a little, dream a little and back and forth. You will find that you will evolve with the book.  Also, the art is lovely as well.
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She looks at cassia her dark hair blowing in the wind like her dress her beautiful body perfectly posed