The Golden Bough 12 Volume Set

The Golden Bough 12 Volume Set

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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.
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  • Paperback | 4912 pages
  • 355 x 385 x 190mm | 5,440g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 1108047432
  • 9781108047432
  • 1,144,738

Table of contents

Volume 1: Preface; Preface to the first edition; Preface to the second edition; 1. The king of the wood; 2. Priestly kings; 3. Sympathetic magic; 4. Magic and religion; 5. The magical control of the weather; 6. Magicians as kings; 7. Incarnate human gods; Appendix. Volume 2: 8. Departmental kings of nature; 9. The worship of trees; 10. Relics of tree-worship in Modern Europe; 11. The influence of the sexes on vegetation; 12. The sacred marriage; 13. The kings of Rome and Alba; 14. The king's fire; 15. The fire-drill; 16. Father Jove and Mother Vesta; 17. The origin of perpetual fires; 18. The succession to the kingdom in Ancient Latium; 19. St George and the Parilia; 20. The worship of the oak; 21. Dianus and Diana; Index. Volume 3: Preface; 1. The burden of royalty; 2. The perils of the soul; 3. Tabooed acts; 4. Tabooed persons; 5. Tabooed things; 6. Tabooed words; 7. Our debt to the savage; Note; Index. Volume 4: Preface; 1. The mortality of the gods; 2. The killing of the divine king; 3. The slaying of the king in legend; 4. The supply of kings; 5. Temporary kings; 6. Sacrifice of the king's son; 7. Succession to the soul; 8. The killing of the tree-spirit; Notes; Addenda; Index. Volume 5: Preface to the first edition; Preface to the second edition; Preface to the third edition; Book I. Adonis: 1. The myth of Adonis; 2. Adonis in Syria; 3. Adonis in Cyprus; 4. Sacred men and women; 5. The burning of Melcarth; 6. The burning of Sandan; 7. Sardanapalus and Hercules; 8. Volcanic religion; 9. The ritual of Adonis; 10. The Gardens of Adonis; Book II. Attis: 1. The myth and ritual of Attis; 2. Attis as a god of vegetation; 3. Attis as the father god; 4. Human representatives of Attis; 5. The hanged god; 6. Oriental religions in the West; 7. Hyacinth. Volume 6: 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. Volume 7: Preface; 1. Dionysus; 2. Demeter and Persephone; 3. Magical significance of games in primitive agriculture; 4. Woman's part in primitive agriculture; 5. The Corn-Mother and the Corn-Maiden in Northern Europe; 6. The Corn-Mother in many lands; 7. Lityerses; 8. The corn-spirit as an animal; Note. Volume 8: 9. Ancient deities of vegetation as animals; 10. Eating the god; 11. The sacrifice of first-fruits; 12. Homoeopathic magic of a flesh diet; 13. Killing the divine animal; 14. The propitiation of wild animals by hunters; 15. The propitiation of vermin by farmers; 16. The transmigration of human souls into animals; 17. Types of animal sacrament; Note; Index. Volume 9: Preface; 1. The transference of evil; 2. The omnipresence of demons; 3. The public expulsion of evils; 4. Public scapegoats; 5. On scapegoats in general; 6. Human scapegoats in classical antiquity; 7. Killing the god in Mexico; 8. The Saturnalia and kindred festivals; Note - the Crucifixion of Christ; Index. Volume 10: Preface; 1. Between heaven and earth; 2. The seclusion of girls at puberty; 3. The myth of Balder; 4. The fire-festivals of Europe; 5. The interpretation of the fire-festivals. Volume 11: 6. Fire-festivals in other lands; 7. The burning of human beings in the fires; 8. The magic flowers of Midsummer Eve; 9. Balder and the mistletoe; 10. The external soul in folk-tales; 11. The external soul in folk-custom; 12. The Golden Bough; 13. Farewell to Nemi; Notes; Index. Volume 12: Preface; Bibliography; General index.
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