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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At initiation a Brahman boy is made to tread with his right foot on a stone, wbiie
the words are repeated, "Tread on this stone; like a stone be firm"; and the same
ceremony is performed, with the same words, by a Brahman bride at her
The ancients set great store on the magical qualities of precious stones ; indeed it
has been maintained, with great show of reason, that such stones were used as
amulets long before they were worn as mere ornaments. Thus the Greeks gave ...
god, and in time of drought his priests carried the stone in procession and dipped
it in a stream. Among the Ta-ta-thi tribe of New South Wales, the rain-maker
breaks off a piece of quartz-crystal and spits it towards the sky; the rest of the
probable that, as in Samoa, the stone is regarded as more or less divine. This
appears from the custom sometimes observed of dipping a cross in the Fountain
of Barenton to procure rain, for this is plainly a Christian substitute for the old
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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