The Golden Bough: A Study of Magic and Religion

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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 ...
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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: 12/1/2013
  • 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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  • Posted June 2, 2015

    I like history books and I like mythology and folklore. This boo

    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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  • Posted June 1, 2015

    This is the epitome of a volume a lover of culture, mythology, p

    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

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    Walks in.

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