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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Thus among the Bataks of Sumatra a barren woman, who would become a
mother, will make a wooden image of a child and hold it in her lap, believing that
this will lead to the fulfilment of her wish. In the Babar Archipelago, when a
In Ponape, one of the Caroline Islands, the navel-string is placed in a shell and
then disposed of in such a way as shall best adapt the child for the career which
the parents have chosen for him; for example, if they wish to make him a good ...
And when we remember further that in another direction magic has paved the
way for science, we are forced to admit that if the black art has' done much evil, it
has also been the source of much good; that if it is the child of error, it has yet
Among the Kara-Kirghiz barren women roll themselves on the ground under a
solitary apple-tree, in order to obtain offspring. Lastly, , the power of granting to
women an easy delivery at child-birth is ascribed to trees both in Sweden and
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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
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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