The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion: A New Abridgement from the Second and Third Editions

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion: A New Abridgement from the Second and Third Editions

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First published in 1890, this classic work was eventually issued in a 12-volume edition (1906-15). It is a study of the beliefs and institutions of mankind and the progress through magic and religion to scientific thought. The book was abridged in 1922, but not reconsidered for a modern audience until this new abridgement, which restores Frazer's bolder theories, including Frazer's daring speculations on the Crucifixion of Christ, and sets them within the framework of a useful introduction and notes. The book was a seminal work of modern anthropology which influenced many 20th-century writers, including D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot and Wyndham Lewis. Its discussion of magical types, the sacrificial killing of kings, the dying god and the scapegoat is given fresh pertinences in this new edition. Robert Fraser is the author of "The Making of 'The Golden Bough'" and "Sir James Frazer and the Literary Imagination".show more

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  • Paperback | 907 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 58.42mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0192829343
  • 9780192829344

Table of contents

Book 1 The king of the wood: the king of the wood; priestly kings; magic and religion; human gods; departmental kings of nature; the worship of trees; the sacred marriage; the kings of Rome; the succession to the kingdom; the burden of royalty; the perils of the soul; taboos. Book 2 Killing the god: the mortality of the gods; the killing of the divine king; temporary kings; the sacrifice of the king's son; killing the tree-spirit; Adonis; sacred prostitution; the ritual of Adonis; Attis; the hanged god; Osiris; feasts of all souls; Isis; mother-kin and mother-goddesses; Dionysus; Demeter and Persephone; woman's part in primitive agriculture; corn-mother and corn-maiden; Lityerses; the corn-spirit as an animal; eating the god; the flesh diet; killing the divine animal. Book 3 The scapegoat: the transference of evil; ancient scapegoats; killing the god in Mexico; the Saturnalia; the Crucifixion of Christ. Book 4 The golden bough: between Heaven and Earth; the seclusion of girls; Balder's fires; the external soul; death and resurrection; the golden more

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