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Golden bough

The Golden Bough - Sir James George Frazer MAGICK Paganism


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THE GOLDEN BOUGH A Study in Magic and Religion by Sir James George Frazer 1975 Eighth Printing, Macmillan Paperback. I Volume, Abridged, 864 pages. Sir James George Frazer's book written in 1922 was a groundbreaking work on ancient religion, paganism, and roots of early Christianity. Frazer does an in-depth examination of the sacrificial killing of god-kings to ensure bountiful harvests, which Frazer traces through several cultures, including in his elaborations the myths of Adonis, Osiris, and Balder. . _The Golden Bough_ maintains that magic developed into primitive religion which eventually developed into modern science in an evolutionary perspective on the history of comparative religions. Further, this work offers a study of the various beliefs of "primitive" peoples maintaining that the ancient religions were fertility cults that revolved around the worship and sacrifice of the priest-king. Frazer maintains that this gave rise to the "dying gods" motif in which the king is sacrificed and then returns to life found throughout the world's religious traditions. In particular, Frazer points to the pre-Roman priest-king at the fane of Nemi who was ritually murdered by his successor. This book gained attention because it included Christianity within its comparative study and thus scandalized its reading public. Further, Frazer has been criticized for maintaining a rationalist bias and for denigrating the beliefs and folklore of allegedly "primitive" cultures and peoples. Nevertheless, despite this bias, Frazer's study has proven extremely important in that it collects an enormous amount of information and his "dying gods" thesis remains influential. CONTENTS: "The King of the Wood" - mentioning Diana and Verbius as well as Artemis and Hyppolytus, "Priestly Kings", "Sympathetic Magic" - mentioning the principles of magic, the types of magic, and the magician's progress, "Magic and Religion", "The Magical Control of the Weather" - mentioning the public magician and magical control of the rain, sun, and wind, "Magicians as Kings", "Incarnate Human Gods", "Departmental Kings of Nature", "The Worship of Trees" - mentioning tree-spirits, "Relics of Tree Worship in Modern Europe", "The Influences of the Sexes on Vegetation", "The Sacred Marriage" - mentioning Diana, "The Kings of Rome and Alba" - mentioning Numa and Egeria and Jupiter, "The Succession to the Kingdom in Ancient Latium", "The Worship of the Oak", "The Burden of the Royalty" - mentioning priestly taboos, "The Perils of the Soul" - mentioning the soul as a manikin, "Tabooed Acts", "Tabooed Persons", "Tabooed Things", "Tabooed Words", "Our Debt to the Savage", "The Killing of the Divine King", "Temporary Kings", "The Killing of the King's Son", "Succession of the Soul", "The Killing of the Tree-Spirit" - mentioning the "death", "The Myth of Adonis", "Adonis in Syria", "Adonis in Cyprus", "The Ritual of Adonis", "The Gardens of Adonis", "The Myth and Ritual of Attis", "Attis as a God of Vegetation", "Human Representatives of Attis", "Oriental Religions in the West", "The Myth of Osiris", "The Ritual of Osiris", "The Nature of Osiris", "Isis", "Osiris and the Sun", "Dionysus", "Demeter and Persephone", "The Corn-Mother and the Corn-Maiden in Northern Europe", "The Corn-Mother in Many Lands", "Lyterses" - mentioning human sacrifice for the crops, "The Corn-Spirit as an Animal", "Ancient Dieties of Vegetation as Animals", "Eating the God" - mentioning the "first-fruits" and the practice of eating the god amongst the Aztecs, "Homeopathic Magic of a Flesh Diet", "Killing the Divine Animal", "The Propitiation of Wild Animals by Hunters", "Types of Animal Sacrament", "The Transference of Evil", "The Public Expulsion of Evil", "Public Scapegoats", "Human Scapegoats in Classical Antiquity", "Killing the God in Mexico", "Between Heaven and Earth" - mentioning taboos concerning puberty, "The Myth of Balder", "The Fire-Festivals of Europe", "The Interpretation of the Fire-Festivals", "The Burning of Human Beings in the Fires", "Balder and the Mistletoe", "The External Soul in Folk-Tales", "The External Soul in Folk-Custom", "The Golden Bough", "Farewell to Nemi". The book has spots of cover wear but the interior appears VERY GOOD, with only the name written (small) of the previous owner at the top of the first page. 5 1/4" x 8 1/4" x 2"

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