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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In this sacred grove there grew a certain tree round which at any time of the day,
and probably far into the night, a grim figure might be seen to prowl. In his hand
he carried a drawn sword, and he kept peering warily about him as if at every ...
... two: first, why had Diana's priest at Nemi, the King of the Wood, to slay his
predecessor? second, why before doing so had he to pluck the branch of a
certain tree which the public opinion of the ancients identified with Virgil's Golden
I should be glad to know whether, when I have put on my green robe in spring,
the trees do not afterwards do the same? These are facts patent to everybody,
and on them I take my stand. I am a plain practical man, not one of your theorists
CHAPTER IX THE WORSHIP OF TREES § i. Tree-spirits. — In the religious
history of the Aryan race in Europe the worship of trees has played an important
part. Nothing could be more natural. For at the dawn of history Europe was
Formerly the Indians considered it wrong to fell one of these giants, and when
large logs were needed they made use only of trees which had fallen of
themselves. Till lately some of the more credulous old men declared that many of
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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