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The Golden Bough

The Golden Bough

Paperback Cambridge Library Collection - Classics

By (author) Sir James George Frazer

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 340 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 30 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1108047351
  • ISBN 13: 9781108047357
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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This work by Sir James Frazer (1854-1941) is widely considered to be one of the most important early texts in the fields of psychology and anthropology. At the same time, by applying modern methods of comparative ethnography to the classical world, and revealing the superstition and irrationality beneath the surface of the classical culture which had for so long been a model for Western civilisation, it was extremely controversial. Frazer was greatly influenced by E. B. Tylor's Primitive Culture (also reissued in this series), and by the work of the biblical scholar William Robertson Smith, to whom the first edition is dedicated. The twelve-volume third edition, reissued here, was greatly revised and enlarged, and published between 1911 and 1915; the two-volume first edition (1890) is also available in this series. Volume 6 (1914) examines the Egyptian myth of Osiris.

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Table of contents

Book III. Osiris: 1. The myth of Osiris; 2. The official Egyptian calendar; 3. The calendar of the Egyptian farmer; 4. The official festivals of Osiris; 5. The nature of Osiris; 6. Isis; 7. Osiris and the sun; 8. Osiris and the moon; 9. The doctrine of lunar sympathy; 10. The king as Osiris; 11. The origin of Osiris; 12. Mother-kin and mother goddesses; Notes; Index.