The Golden Bough

Author: James George Frazer

Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 373680461X

Category: Social Science

Page: 1632

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The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion is a wide-ranging, comparative study of mythology and religion, written by the Scottish anthropologist Sir James George Frazer. The work was aimed at a wide literate audience raised on tales as told in such publications as Thomas Bulfinch's The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes. Frazer offered a modernist approach to discussing religion, treating it dispassionately as a cultural phenomenon rather than from a theological perspective. The influence of The Golden Bough on contemporary European literature and thought was substantial. The Golden Bough attempts to define the shared elements of religious belief to scientific thought, discussing fertility rites, human sacrifice, the dying god, the scapegoat and many other symbols and practices whose influence has extended into twentieth-century culture.[3] Its thesis is that old religions were fertility cults that revolved around the worship and periodic sacrifice of a sacred king. Frazer proposed that mankind progresses from magic through religious belief to scientific thought. This thesis was developed in relation to J. M. W. Turner's painting of The Golden Bough, a sacred grove where a certain tree grew day and night. It was a transfigured landscape in a dream-like vision of the woodland lake of Nemi, "Diana's Mirror", where religious ceremonies and the "fulfillment of vows" of priests and kings were held. The king was the incarnation of a dying and reviving god, a solar deity who underwent a mystic marriage to a goddess of the Earth. He died at the harvest and was reincarnated in the spring. Frazer claims that this legend of rebirth is central to almost all of the world's mythologies.
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Betrachtung zu James George Frazers Theorien in "The Golden Bough"

Author: Elena Kaufmann

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640935926

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Page: 36

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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2011 im Fachbereich Theologie - Historische Theologie, Kirchengeschichte, Note: 1,0, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg (Institut fur Religionswissenschaft), Veranstaltung: Lekturekurs 1 zu Geschichte der Religionswissenschaft," Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Denn, sollte [Magie] jemals fruchtbar werden, so ware sie eben nicht mehr Magie, sondern Wissenschaft" (Frazer 1968: 72). Mit Aussagen wie diesen lernen wir ihn kennen, den Autor des beruhmten goldenen Zweig. Er stellt die Wissenschaft, als Weiterentwicklung von Religion und Magie, an die Spitze seines evolutionistischen Modells. Anhand von drei Kapiteln und nachfolgenden Schlussbetrachtungen, werde ich das viel diskutierte Werk und die Frazerschen Theorien naher betrachten und diskutieren."
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The Golden Bough By Sir James George Frazer

Author: Sir James George Frazer

Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 3736815212

Category: Religion

Page: 1637

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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 more than thirty years ago, 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, some of which had hardly been broached before. In successive editions the discussion of these and kindred topics has occupied more and more space, the enquiry has branched out in more and more directions, until the two volumes of the original work have expanded into twelve. Meantime a wish has often been expressed that the book should be issued in a more compendious form. This abridgment is an attempt to meet the wish and thereby to bring the work within the range of a wider circle of readers. While the bulk of the book has been greatly reduced, I have endeavoured to retain its leading principles, together with an amount of evidence sufficient to illustrate them clearly. The language of the original has also for the most part been preserved, though here and there the exposition has been somewhat condensed. In order to keep as much of the text as possible I have sacrificed all the notes, and with them all exact references to my authorities. Readers who desire to ascertain the source of any particular statement must therefore consult the larger work, which is fully documented and provided with a complete bibliography.
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The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion (Complete)

A Study in Magic and Religion

Author: Sir James George Frazer

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465538461

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Page: 971

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For some time I have been preparing a general work on primitive superstition and religion. Among the problems which had attracted my attention was the hitherto unexplained rule of the Arician priesthood; and last spring it happened that in the course of my reading I came across some facts which, combined with others I had noted before, suggested an explanation of the rule in question. As the explanation, if correct, promised to throw light on some obscure features of primitive religion, I resolved to develop it fully, and, detaching it from my general work, to issue it as a separate study. This book is the result. Now that the theory, which necessarily presented itself to me at first in outline, has been worked out in detail, I cannot but feel that in some places I may have pushed it too far. If this should prove to have been the case, I will readily acknowledge and retract my error as soon as it is brought home to me. Meantime my essay may serve its purpose as a first attempt to solve a difficult problem, and to bring a variety of scattered facts into some sort of order and system. A justification is perhaps needed of the length at which I have dwelt upon the popular festivals observed by European peasants in spring, at midsummer, and at harvest. It can hardly be too often repeated, since it is not yet generally recognised, that in spite of their fragmentary character the popular superstitions and customs of the peasantry are by far the fullest and most trustworthy evidence we possess as to the primitive religion of the Aryans. Indeed the primitive Aryan, in all that regards his mental fibre and texture, is not extinct. He is amongst us to this day. The great intellectual and moral forces which have revolutionised the educated world have scarcely affected the peasant. In his inmost beliefs he is what his forefathers were in the days when forest trees still grew and squirrels played on the ground where Rome and London now stand.
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The Golden Bough

A Study in Magic and Religion

Author: Sir James George Frazer

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780199538829

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 912

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A classic study of the beliefs and institutions of mankind, and the progress through magic and religion to scientific thought, The Golden Bough has a unique status in modern anthropology and literature. First published in 1890, The Golden Bough was eventually issued in a twelve-volume edition (1906-15) which was abridged in 1922 by the author and his wife. That abridgement has never been reconsidered for a modern audience. In it some of the more controversial passages were dropped, including Frazer's daring speculations on the Crucifixion of Christ. For the first time this one-volume edition restores Frazer's bolder theories and sets them within the framework of a valuable introduction and notes. A seminal work of modern anthropology, The Golden Bough also influenced many twentieth-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 pertinence in this new edition.
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The Golden Bough

Author: J.G. Frazer

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1847675344

Category: Religion

Page: 848

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The authoritative 1890 edition with an introduction by Cairns Craig and Frazer’s own afterword. Published originally in two volumes in 1890, this extraordinary study of primitive myth and magic led Scottish anthropologist J.G. Frazer to identify parallel patterns of ritual, symbols and belief across many centuries and many different cultures. His observations on the mysteries of fertility and death, and the rites of the sacrificial king who must die to save his people, overturned much of contemporary intellectual thinking, not least because of the enlightening or ‘heretical’ parallels it suggested with the Christian religion. Frazer’s elegant and authoritative style, and the breadth of his learning inspired a whole generation of ethnographers and comparative anthropologists, and had a particularly powerful effect on many other thinkers and writers such as Sigmund Freud, D.H. Lawrence, Joyce, Yeats and T.S. Eliot. This definitive volume includes the unabridged original 1890 edition as well as several essays and lectures by Frazer. ‘Frazer’s work has epic scale yet mesmerizing fineness of detail. We see the great structures of civilization forming and melting against a background of elemental mystery. The effect is cinematic and sublime.’ Camille Paglia
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Aftermath

A Supplement to The Golden Bough

Author: James George Frazer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108057500

Category: Religion

Page: 522

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A supplement to Frazer's The Golden Bough, this 1936 work remains an important text for scholars of religion and anthropology.
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Muhammad and the Golden Bough

Reconstructing Arabian Myth

Author: Jaroslav Stetkevych

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253214133

Category: Religion

Page: 169

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The book dissects the intriguing Arab-Islamic myth built around Muhammad's unearthing of a "golden bough" from the grave of the last survivor of an ancient Arab people, the Thamud, who, according to the myth, were destroyed by a divine scourge for their iniquity. In the myth the episode of the slaying of the she-camel of the prophet Salih, which precipitates the downfall of the Thamud, is symbolically linked with Muhammad, the discoverer of the golden bough.
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The Golden Bough

Author: Ashira Goddard

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1438218176

Category: Religion

Page: 444

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A book of antiquity for any studying magic and religion by Sir James George Frazer originally. Editing and foreword by Ashira Goddard. A Tapestry Antiquity Publishing Book.
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The golden bough

a study in magic and religion

Author: Sir James George Frazer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 864

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The Literary Impact of "The Golden Bough"

Author: John B. Vickery

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400871573

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 446

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Frazer, with Freud, Marx, and Jung, is one of the thinkers who have had a deep and pervasive influence on modern literature. One of the great nineteenth-century syntheses, The Golden Bough was the culmination of a century of investigations into myth and ritual. John Vickery locates The Golden Bough in the context of its age and shows how, by gathering up many strands of nineteenth-century thought, it embodied the dominant intellectual tradition shaping the modern spirit. The author's intimate acquaintance with an extraordinary range of modern literature enables him to demonstrate the variety of strategies that poets and novelists have used to assimilate The Golden Bough in their individual attitudes and preoccupations. The remaining chapters of the book are devoted to extended discussions of the intellectual, thematic, and format impact of The Golden Bough on Yeats, Eliot, Lawrence, and Joyce. Originally published in 1973. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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The Golden Bough

Author: James Frazer

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141194014

Category: Social Science

Page: 944

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Sir James George Frazer (1854-1941) caught the popular imagination with his vast and enterprising comparative study of the beliefs and institutions of mankind, which in its third edition numbered 12 volumes. Reissued here is Frazer's own single-volume abridgement of 1922.
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The Golden Bough

Author: James George Frazer, Sir

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781540753076

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Page: 636

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This edition includes the complete text of the single-volume version of Sir James G. Frazer's landmark study of primitive myths, magic and and ancient religion, in a freshly edited and newly typeset edition. Also included are a detailed author biography and an original introductory essay discussing the significance, influence and criticisms of this landmark work, providing useful background information, context and perspective for the modern reader. With a large 7.44"x9.69" page size, this Summit Classic edition is printed on hefty 60-lb. bright white paper with a fully laminated cover featuring an original full color design. A detailed, section-by-section Table of Contents for ease in locating specific subject matter, modern, readable fonts that preserve the feel of classic books and freshly edited and typeset text exemplify the attention to detail given this volume.Not an electronic scan or reproduction, this volume has been prepared by human editors, carefully retaining the original text without alteration. Originally published in a two volume, heavily annotated edition in 1890, Sir James G. Frazer's wide-ranging, comparative study of mythology and religion was a landmark work intended as both a scholarly treatise and a work of general interest. Presupposing a broadly literate audience familiar with tales from the age of fable and Greek and Norse mythology, Frazer took a modernist approach to religion, analyzing it as a cultural phenomenon rather than theological dogma. While not the first to consider religion from a cultural perspective, the breadth and detail of Frazer's work as a social anthpologist made him an influential early voice in the studies of comparative religion and mythology and he is widely considered one of the founding fathers of modern anthropology. By the time a third edition of The Golden Bough was published in 1915 it had grown to twelve heavily annotated volumes and become inaccessible to the average reader. So a single volume abridged edition was published in 1922. This volume contains the complete text of that 1922 edition. All footnotes and the bibliography were removed by Frazer when this edition was originally published, and it is intended for a general and more casual readership, rather than as a scholarly reference work or primary source material. Some of Frazer's theories, such as the natural "Darwinian" progression from magic to religion to science, have been displaced. But some modern criticism of his work is unjustified, relying on the abridged work to come to the conclusion that he made broad assumptions unsupported by evidence when in fact the archaeological support for his conclusions is clearly included in the heavily annotated multi-volume treatise. Frazer's work remains an accessible treasure trove of information on ancient myths, cults, religious beliefs and practices and a view of how primitive man and the ancients thought, the fascinating result of a journey that began with the investigation of an obscure Roman cult centered around an Italian lake and ended with a sweeping view of the development of primitive beliefs in magic, myth and religion in cultures around the world.
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