New PDF release: The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion: A New

By James George Frazer, Robert Fraser

A vintage research of the ideals and associations of mankind, and the development via magic and faith to clinical notion, The Golden Bough has a special prestige in glossy anthropology and literature.

First released in 1890, The Golden Bough was finally issued in a twelve-volume variation (1906-15) which was once abridged in 1922 via the writer and his spouse. That abridgement hasn't ever been reconsidered for a latest viewers. In it the various extra arguable passages have been dropped, together with Frazer's bold speculations at the Crucifixion of Christ. For the 1st time this one-volume variation restores Frazer's bolder theories and units them in the framework of a worthwhile creation and notes. With new, sleek packaging this new version is a important vintage so as to add on your bookshelf.
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Thus far Frazer's aspirations on Spencer's behalf fly in the face of the Lockean empiricism both had inherited. But the fact is that Frazer needs Spencer to be transparent, needs him to be the neutral eye in order to transmit back to him, Frazer of Staircase `E', Great Court, the unadulterated rays emanating from a distant and moving object. The vices that Spencer has avoided may thus become Frazer's virtues. Spencer's writings are blessedly unvitiated by `comparisons ... with the customs of other ages and parts of the world' precisely so that Frazer's own writings may be informed by these very things.

The Seclusion of Girls 686 3. Balder's Fires 706 4. The External Soul 750 5. Death and Resurrection 785 6. The Golden Bough 794 Explanatory Notes 809 Index 843 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I am indebted to the British Library for permission to quote from manuscripts in their Frazer collection and to Alan McCormick of the Castle Museum, Nottingham, for permission to reproduce his map of Nemi. Others to whom warm acknowledgements are due, either for general encouragement or for particular points of information, are Warwick Gould, Jeremy Maule, Roger Paulin, Ralph Pite, and Deirdre Toomey.

He then turns to that peculiar kind of semi-divinity known as a scapegoat, and shows how individuals who in ancient communities are at intervals obliged to carry away the sins of the people often fuse with the divine essence as already perceived. Such orgies of cleansing were, Frazer thought, regular features of the ancient and non-western world; within recorded memory they had been embodied in annual Saturnalia celebrations such as may once have preceded the Christian Lent. The reference to the magical foundations of Christian rites brings him within the vicinity of Christian theology.

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