A work that echoes from Freud to Apocalypse Now, this sweeping, controversial, and still influential synthesis of human history is based on the author's pioneering studies of mythology and religion. Frazer proposes that civilization began by investing in the theories of primitive magic, then progressing through religion, and ending with a belief in the scientific. He finds parallels between Christianity and earlier myths, cults, and rites.… (more)
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This is a famous comparative study of myth and religion world-wide. It exists in different versions, as its author first published a two-volume work, which he expanded to 15 volumes, and then cut down to one. It's reputation has varied through the years.