The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion - Oxford World's Classics by Sir James George Frazer
A classic study of human beliefs and institutions, progress through magic and religion to scientific thought, The Golden Bough has a unique position in modern anthropology and literature. First published…
The Golden Bough synopsis
A classic study of human beliefs and institutions, progress through magic and religion to scientific thought, The Golden Bough has a unique position in modern anthropology and literature. First published in 1890, The Golden Bough was eventually published in a volume of 12 volumes (1906-15), which was reduced in 1922 by the author and his wife.
This reduction has not been reviewed by a modern audience. Some of the more controversial passages, including the bold speculation of Fraser on the crucifixion of Christ, were dropped.
For the first time, this one-volume version reproduces the boldest Frazer theories and puts them in a valuable introduction and notes framework. Golden Bogue has also influenced the work of many modern anthropologists, and has influenced many 20th century writers, including DH Lawrence, TS Eliot, and Windham Lewis.
Her discussion of magical species, the killing of kings, the dead god, and the scapegoat is given new significance in this new edition. About the Series: For more than 100 years, Oxford World's Classics has provided the widest collection of literature from around the world.
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