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.
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First published in 1915 in a 12-volume edition and later abridged by the author, this work is a survey of myth, magic and religion throughout history. It has served as a source of inspiration for many, including T.S. Eliot and Sigmund Freud. It sets out the seminal themes of myth and magic that emerge throughout the history of the human imagination.;Themes such as the death of the fisher king and the sacred oak grove are traced through the rituals of ceremony and sacrific from Ancient Greece, through druid and shaman traditions, the worlds of Odin and Arthur, to the bedrock of image and symbol that underlies human consciousness.About the Author:
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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Book Description MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1963. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11002095560X
Book Description MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1963. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX002095560X
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