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The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion (Hardback)

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Sir James George Frazer originally set out to discover the origins of one ancient custom in Classical Rome - the plucking of the Golden Bough from a tree in the sacred grove of Diana, and the murderous succession of the priesthood there - and was led by his invetigations into a twenty-five year study of primitive customs, superstitions, magic and myth throughout the world. The monumental thirteen-volume work which resulted has been a rich source of anthropological material and a literary masterpiece for more than half a century. Both the wealth of his illustrative material and the broad sweep of his argument can be appreciated in this very readable single volume.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPopular beliefs & controversial knowledgeFolklore, myths & legendsReligion & BeliefsAlternative belief systemsOccult studiesReligion & BeliefsReligion: general Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Publication Date: 18/06/1980 ISBN-13: 9780333059104  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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SIR JAMES GEORGE FRAZER (1854-1941) was one of the arly pioneers in the sociological study of religion. He began his career as a classicist but it is for his work in social anthropology that he is best remembered. His most famous work, The Golden Bough first appeared in 1890 in a two-volume edition but was twice revised and expanded, the third edition appearing in twelve volumes in 1911-15. Frazer's other works include Psyche's Task, Totemism and Exogamy, The Belief in Immortality and The Worship of the Dead and Folklore in the Old Testament.

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