The Golden Bough

A Study in Magic and Religion

Authors: Frazer, J.G.

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Sir James George Frazer originally set out to discover the origins of one ancient custom in Classical Rome - the plucking of the Golden Bough from a tree in the sacred grove of Diana, and the murderous succession of the priesthood there - and was led by his invetigations into a twenty-five year study of primitive customs, superstitions, magic and myth throughout the world. The monumental thirteen-volume work which resulted has been a rich source of anthropological material and a literary masterpiece for more than half a century. Both the wealth of his illustrative material and the broad sweep of his argument can be appreciated in this very readable single volume.

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SIR JAMES GEORGE FRAZER (1854-1941) was one of the arly pioneers in the sociological study of religion. He began his career as a classicist but it is for his work in social anthropology that he is best remembered. His most famous work, The Golden Bough first appeared in 1890 in a two-volume edition but was twice revised and expanded, the third edition appearing in twelve volumes in 1911-15. Frazer's other works include Psyche's Task, Totemism and Exogamy, The Belief in Immortality and The Worship of the Dead and Folklore in the Old Testament.

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'In the condensed volume which lies before us we can grasp the masterly plan of the whole work; the mind is fascinated by the author's skill as a constructive thinker and a framer of concepts, and also as a compiler of picturesque detail.' - Spectator

'...equally remarkable for its vast assembly of facts and its unusual charm of presentation. Few men of such learning have written more attractively.' - George Sampson, Concise Cambridge History of English Literature

'A classic; theoretically outmoded, but still informative, stimulating and highly readable.' - Maurice Freedman and I. Schapera, Reader's Guide


Table of contents (69 chapters)

Table of contents (69 chapters)
  • The King of the Wood

    Pages 1-9

    Frazer, Sir James George, F.R.S., F.B.A., Hon. D.C.L., Hon. Litt.D., Hon.LL.D.

  • Priestly Kings

    Pages 9-11

    Frazer, Sir James George, F.R.S., F.B.A., Hon. D.C.L., Hon. Litt.D., Hon.LL.D.

  • Sympathetic Magic

    Pages 11-48

    Frazer, Sir James George, F.R.S., F.B.A., Hon. D.C.L., Hon. Litt.D., Hon.LL.D.

  • Magic and Religion

    Pages 48-60

    Frazer, Sir James George, F.R.S., F.B.A., Hon. D.C.L., Hon. Litt.D., Hon.LL.D.

  • The Magical Control of the Weather

    Pages 60-83

    Frazer, Sir James George, F.R.S., F.B.A., Hon. D.C.L., Hon. Litt.D., Hon.LL.D.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Golden Bough
Book Subtitle
A Study in Magic and Religion
Authors
Copyright
1922
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-00400-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-00400-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-05910-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 756
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