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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The reader may remember that we were led to plunge into the labyrinth of magic
by a consideration of two different types of man-god. This is the clue which has
guided our devious steps through the maze, and brought us out at last on higher
No class of the community has benefited so much as kings by this belief in the
possible incarnation of a god in human form. The doctrine of that incarnation, and
with it the theory of the divinity of kings in the strict sense of the word, will form the
his own unaided resources, that is, by magic, and looks more and more to the
gods as the sole repositories of those supernatural powers which he once
claimed to share with them. With the advance of knowledge, therefore, prayer
From beliefs like these it is an easy step to the conviction that certain men are
permanently possessed by a deity, or in some other undefined way are endued
with so high a degree of supernatural power as to be ranked as gods and to
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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