The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion
Cosimo, Inc., 2009. jan. 1. - 732 oldal
In 1890, James George Frazer began publishing The Golden Bough, his monumental study of myth, ritual, and religion, which would, by 1936, run to 13 volumes and establish him as a pioneer in the study of religion as an aspect of culture. This abridged edition, assembled in 1922, condenses this fundamental work to one readable volume that is still a source for modern anthropology, thanks to its expansive discussions ancient cultish practices and their connections to the rites of modern Christianity. In eloquent prose, Frazer discusses legends of the woods, sympathetic magic, magicians as kings, the worship of trees, the concept of the sacred marriage, the links between priestly and royal power, ritual royal sacrifices, the concept of "eating the god," the myths of Osiris, Adonis, Isis, and other ancient deities, and much more. Lovers of mythology will be enraptured by this book, which draws all of human belief under one unifying umbrella, celebrating myth and ritual as part of the basis of all human culture. Scottish anthropologist SIR JAMES GEORGE FRAZER (1854-1941) also wrote the classic The Golden Bough (1890), *Man, God, and Immortality* (1927), and Creation and Evolution in Primitive Cosmogonies (1935).
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To denote the first of these branches of magic the term Homoeopathic is perhaps
preferable, for the alternative term Imitative or Mimetic suggests, if it does not
imply, a conscious agent who imitates, thereby limiting the scope of magic too ...
But in practice the two branches are often combined; or, to be more exact, while
homoeopathic or imitative magic may be practised by itself, contagious magic will
generally be found to involve an application of the homoeopathic or imitative ...
CHAPTER IV MAGIC AND RELIGION The examples collected in the last chapter
may suffice to illustrate the general principles of sympathetic magic in its two
branches, to which we have given the names of Homoeopathic and Contagious ...
Next they take branches of trees and dance and sing for rain. When they return to
the village they find a vessel of water set at the doorway by an old woman; so
they dip their branches in it and wave them aloft, so as to scatter the drops.
... it was and still is in many parts of Europe the custom to go out to the woods, cut
down a tree and bring it into the village, where it is set up amid general rejoicings
; or the people cut branches in the woods, and fasten them on every house.
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LibraryThing ReviewFelhasználói ismertető - DanielSTJ - LibraryThing
A massive tome that, although abridged, still packs a punch. This has all the things to like about the unabridged version. The chapters dive into the mythologies and symbology that ancient societies ... Teljes értékelés elolvasása
LibraryThing ReviewFelhasználói ismertető - fundevogel - LibraryThing
The Golden Bough is a book most often encountered in bibliographies. If you have ever read a book of comparative religion it was probably lurking quietly, or not so quietly in the works cited. If one ... Teljes értékelés elolvasása