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The Golden Bough

The Golden Bough

A Study of Magic and Religion

by Sir James George Frazer
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/12/2013
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THE PRIMARY aim of this book is to explain the remarkable rule which regulated the succession to the priesthood of Diana at Aricia. When I first set myself to solve the problem I thought that the solution could be propounded very briefly, but I soon found that to render it probable or even intelligible it was necessary to discuss certain more general questions. Thus, for example, on the crucial question of the practice of putting kings to death either at the end of a fixed period or whenever their health and strength began to fail. If in the present work I have dwelt at some length on the worship of trees, it is not, I trust, because I exaggerate its importance in the history of religion, still less because I would deduce from it a whole system of mythology; it is simply because I could not ignore the subject in attempting to explain the significance of a priest who bore the title of King of the Wood, and one of whose titles to office was the plucking of a bough-the Golden Bough-from a tree in the sacred grove. But I am so far from regarding the reverence for trees as of supreme importance for the evolution of religion that I consider it to have been altogether subordinate to other factors, and in particular to the fear of the human dead, which, on the whole, I believe to have been probably the most powerful force in the making of primitive religion. J. G. FRAZER.
ISBN:
9781483703428
9781483703428
Category:
Comparative religion
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-12-2013
Publisher:
Spastic Cat Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
574
Dimensions (mm):
234x191x30mm
Weight:
0.98kg
Sir James George Frazer

Scottish folklorist and anthropologist Sir James Frazer (1854–1941) spent three decades assembling The Golden Bough, a pioneering study of ancient cults, rites, and myths.

Generations of writers and poets, including Sigmund Freud and T. S. Eliot, were inspired and influenced by his work.

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