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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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THE PRIMARY aim of this book is to explain the remarkable rule which regulated the succession to the priesthood of Diana at Aricia. When I first set myself to solve the problem I thought that the solution could be propounded very briefly, but I soon found that to render it probable or even intelligible it was necessary to discuss certain more general questions. Thus,

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THE PRIMARY aim of this book is to explain the remarkable rule which regulated the succession to the priesthood of Diana at Aricia. When I first set myself to solve the problem I thought that the solution could be propounded very briefly, but I soon found that to render it probable or even intelligible it was necessary to discuss certain more general questions. Thus, for example, on the crucial question of the practice of putting kings to death either at the end of a fixed period or whenever their health and strength began to fail.
If in the present work I have dwelt at some length on the worship of trees, it is not, I trust, because I exaggerate its importance in the history of religion, still less because I would deduce from it a whole system of mythology; it is simply because I could not ignore the subject in attempting to explain the significance of a priest who bore the title of King of the Wood, and one of whose titles to office was the plucking of a bough-the Golden Bough-from a tree in the sacred grove. But I am so far from regarding the reverence for trees as of supreme importance for the evolution of religion that I consider it to have been altogether subordinate to other factors, and in particular to the fear of the human dead, which, on the whole, I believe to have been probably the most powerful force in the making of primitive religion.
J. G. FRAZER.

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ISBN-13:
9781483703428
Publisher:
Bottom of the Hill Publishing
Publication date:
12/01/2013
Pages:
574
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.16(d)

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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She looks at cassia her dark hair blowing in the wind like her dress her beautiful body perfectly posed