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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CHAPTER I THE KING OF THE WOOD § 1. Diana and Virbius. — Who does not
know Turner's picture of the Golden Bough ? The scene, suffused with the golden
glow of imagination in which the divine mind of Turner steeped and transfigured ...
It is natural, therefore, to conjecture that they stood to the goddess of the grove in
the same relation in which Virbius stood to her ; in short, that the mortal King O'i
the Wood had for his queen the woodland Diana herself. If the sacred tree which
CHAPTER II PRIESTLY KINGS The questions which we have set ourselves to
answer are mainly 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
CHAPTER VIII DEPARTMENTAL KINGS OF NATURE The preceding
investigation has proved that the same union of sacred functions with a royal title
which meets us in the King of the Wood at Nemi, the Sacrificial King at Rome,
and the ...
And though Kings of Rain, Water, and' Fire have been found, we have still to
discover a King of the Wood to match the Arician priest who bore that title.
Perhaps we shall find him nearer home. CHAPTER IX THE WORSHIP OF TREES
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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