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The Golden Bough by James George Frazer
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The Golden Bough (1890)

by James George Frazer

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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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Very worthy read and reference. ( )
  kidskills | Jul 26, 2019 |
The Golden Bough describes our ancestors' primitive methods of worship, sex practices, strange rituals and festivals. Disproving the popular thought that primitive life was simple, this monumental survey shows that savage man was enmeshed in a tangle of magic, taboos, and superstitions. Revealed here is the evolution of man from savagery to civilization, from the modification of his weird and often bloodthirsty customs to the entry of lasting moral,... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 20, 2015 |
The 756-page single volume abridged by Frazer himself ,
published in 1922, includes a 42-page index with entries that make one long to read the text.
  KayCliff | Jan 6, 2009 |
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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.
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