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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Asia Minor, for example, was the seat of various great religious capitals peopled
by thousands of sacred slaves, and ruled by pontiffs who wielded at once
temporal and spiritual authority, like the popes of mediaeval Rome, Such priest-
If we analyse the principles of thought on which magic is based, they will
probably be found to resolve themselves into two : first, that like produces like, or
that an effect resembles its cause; and, second, that things which have once
been in ...
He says, without however vouching for the truth of the tale, that once in the land
of the Psylli, the modern Tripoli, the wind blowing from the Sahara had dried up
all the water-tanks. So the people took counsel and marched in a body to make ...
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
Down to the first century before our era the Hercynian forest stretched eastward
from the Rhine for a distance at once vast and unknown; Germans whom Caesar
questioned had travelled for two months through it without reaching the end.
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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