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).
The scene, suffused with the golden glow of imagination in which the divine mind
of Turner steeped and transfigured even the fairest natural landscape, is a dream
-like vision of the little woodland lake of Nemi — "Diana's Mirror," as it was ...
For the same principles which the magician applies in the practice of his art are
implicitly believed by him to regulate the operations of inanimate nature; in other
words, he tacitly assumes that the Laws of Similarity and Contact are of universal
... on the whole exceptional; they exhibit magic tinged and alloyed with religion.
Wherever sympathetic magic occurs in its pure unadulterated form it assumes
that in nature one event follows another necessarily 48 SYMPATHETIC MAGIC
it assumes that in nature one event follows another necessarily and invariably
without the intervention of any spiritual or personal agency. Thus its fundamental
conception is identical with that of modern science; underlying the whole system
by being pure and merciful and charitable towards men, for in so doing they will
imitate, so far as human infirmity 'allows, the perfections of the divine nature. It
was this ethical side of religion which the Hebrew prophets, inspired with a noble
Mit mondanak mások - Írjon ismertetőt
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