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The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion (9 vols.)
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Overview

A monumental study in folklore, mysticism, and religion, The Golden Bough is a classic introduction to comparative religious studies.

Written by Cambridge classics fellow, James George Frazer, The Golden Bough surveys the spiritual beliefs, practices, and religious institutions of cultures worldwide. Frazer traces similarities among ancient belief systems and presents theories regarding the relationship between myths and rituals, magic and religion, and heroes and gods. This massive work influenced the development of Western thought, with Frazer’s explications impacting generations of prominent psychologists, writers, and poets, including Carl Jung, James Joyce, and T.S. Eliot.

Offering the complete, unabridged Golden Bough in the definitive 3rd edition, as well as Aftermath: A Supplement to the Golden Bough, this collection is perfect for those interested in history, literature, and comparative religious studies.

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Key Features

  • Presents the unabridged Golden Bough in the definitive 3rd edition
  • Includes Aftermath: A Supplement to the Golden Bough
  • Offers a classic introduction to comparative religious studies
  • Documents similarities between mystical and religious beliefs around the world

Praise for the Print Edition

[The Golden Bough is] a milestone in the understanding of man’s cultural past, and a profoundly significant contribution to the history of ideas.

—Theodor Herzl Gaster, professor emeritus of religion, Barnard College

[The Golden Bough] helped reveal the full significance of mythology, which otherwise might have remained an airy fancy with no social or psychological relevance to modern humanity.

—John B. Vickery, professor emeritus of English, University of California, Riverside

Product Details

  • Title: The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion
  • Author: James George Frazer
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Series: The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co. and The Macmillan Press
  • Volumes: 9
  • Pages: 5,479
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: World Religions

Individual Titles

The Magic Art and the Evolution of Kings, vols. 1 & 2

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Series: The Golden Bough
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1911
  • Pages: 902

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Contents

  • Chapter I: The King of the Wood
  • Chapter II: Priestly Kings
  • Chapter III: Sympathetic Magic
  • Chapter IV: Magic and Religion
  • Chapter V: The Magical Control of the Weather
  • Chapter VI: Magicians as Kings
  • Chapter VII: Incarnate Human Gods
  • Appendix: Hegel on Magic and Religion
  • Chapter VIII: Departmental Kings of Nature
  • Chapter IX: The Worship of Trees
  • Chapter X: Relics of Tree-Worship in Modern Europe
  • Chapter XI: The Influence of the Sexes on Vegetation
  • Chapter XII: The Sacred Marriage
  • Chapter XIII: The Kings of Rome and Alba
  • Chapter XIV: The King’s Fire
  • Chapter XV: The Fire-Drill
  • Chapter XVI: Father Jove and Mother Vesta
  • Chapter XVII: The Origin of Perpetual Fires
  • Chapter XVIII: The Succession to the Kingdom in Ancient Latium
  • Chapter XIX: St. George and the Parilia
  • Chapter XX: The Worship of the Oak
  • Chapter XXI: Dianus and Diana
  • Index

Taboo and the Perils of the Soul

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Series: The Golden Bough
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1911
  • Pages: 474

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Contents

  • Chapter I: The Burden of Royalty
  • Chapter II: The Perils of the Soul
  • Chapter III: Tabooed Acts
  • Chapter IV: Tabooed Persons
  • Chapter V: Tabooed Things
  • Chapter VI: Tabooed Words
  • Chapter VII: Our Debt to the Savage
  • Note: Not to Step over Persons and Things
  • Index

The Dying God

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Series: The Golden Bough
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1911
  • Pages: 332

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Contents

  • Chapter I: The Mortality of the Gods
  • Chapter II: The Killing of the Divine King
  • Chapter III: The Slaying of the King in Legend
  • Chapter IV: The Supply of Kings
  • Chapter V: Temporary Kings
  • Chapter VI: Sacrifice of the King’s Son
  • Chapter VII: Succession to the Soul
  • Chapter VIII: The Killing of the Tree Spirit
  • Note A: Chinese Indifference to Death
  • Note B: Swinging as a Magical Rite
  • Addenda
  • Index

Adonis. Attis. Osiris. vols. 1 & 2

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Series: The Golden Bough
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 672

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Contents

  • Book First: Adonis
    • Chapter I: The Myth of Adonis
    • Chapter II: Adonis in Syria
    • Chapter III: Adonis in Cyprus
    • Chapter IV: Sacred Men and Women
    • Chapter V: The Burning of Melcarth
    • Chapter VI: The Burning of Sandan
    • Chapter VII: Sardanapalus and Hercules
    • Chapter VIII: Volcanic Religion
  • Book Second: Attis
    • Chapter I: The Myth and Ritual of Attis
    • Chapter II: Attis as a God of Vegetation
    • Chapter III: Attis as the Father God
    • Chapter IV: Human Representatives of Attis
    • Chapter V: The Hanged God
    • Chapter VI: Oriental Religions in the West
    • Chapter VII: Hyacinth
  • Book Third: Osiris
    • Chapter I: The Myth of Osiris
    • Chapter II: The Official Egyptian Calendar
    • Chapter III: The Calendar of the Egyptian Farmer
    • Chapter IV: The Official Festivals of Osiris
    • Chapter V: The Nature of Osiris
    • Chapter VI: Isis
    • Chapter VII: Osiris and the Sun
    • Chapter VIII: Osiris and the Moon
    • Chapter IX: The Doctrine of Lunar Sympathy
    • Chapter X: The King as Osiris
    • Chapter XI: The Origin of Osiris
    • Chapter XII: Mother-Kin and Mother Goddesses
    • Notes
    • Index

Spirits of the Corn and of the Wild, vols. 1 & 2

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Series: The Golden Bough
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 750

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Contents

  • Chapter I: Dionysus
  • Chapter II: Demeter and Persephone
  • Chapter III: Magical Significance of Games in Primitive Agriculture
  • Chapter IV: Women’s Part in Primitive Agriculture
  • Chapter V: The Corn-Mother and the Corn-Maiden in Northern Europe
  • Chapter VI: The Corn-Mother in Many Lands
  • Chapter VII: Litverses
  • Chapter VIII: The Corn-Spirit as an Animal
  • Note: The Pleiades in Primitive Calendars
  • Chapter IX: Ancient Deities of Vegetation as Animals
  • Chapter X: Eating the God
  • Chapter XI: The Sacrifice of First-Fruits
  • Chapter XII: Homoeopathic Magic of a Flesh Diet
  • Chapter XIII: Killing the Divine Animal
  • Chapter XIV: The Propitiation of Wild Animals by Hunters
  • Chapter X: The Propitiation of Vermin by Farmers
  • Chapter XVI: The Transmigration of Human Souls into Animals
  • Chapter XVII: Types of Animal Sacrament
  • Note: The Ceremony of the Horse at Rice-harvest among the Garos
  • Index

The Scapegoat

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Series: The Golden Bough
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 484

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Contents

  • Chapter I: The Transference of Evil
  • Chapter II: The Omnipresence of Demons
  • Chapter III: The Public Expulsion of Evils
  • Chapter IV: Public Scapegoats
  • Chapter V: On Scapegoats in General
  • Chapter VI: Human Scapegoats in Classical Antiquity
  • Chapter VII: Killing the God in Mexico
  • Chapter VIII: The Saturnalia and Kindred Festivals
  • Note: The Crucifixion of Christ
  • Index

Balder the Beautiful: The Fire-Festivals of Europe and the Doctrine of the External Soul, vols. 1 & 2

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Series: The Golden Bough
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 792

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Contents

  • Chapter I: Between Heaven and Earth
  • Chapter II: The Seclusion of Girls at Puberty
  • Chapter III: The Myth of Balder
  • Chapter IV: The Fire Festivals of Europe
  • Chapter V: The Interpretation of the Fire-Festivals
  • Chapter VI: Fire-Festivals in Other Lands
  • Chapter VII: The Burning of Human Beings in the Fires
  • Chapter VIII: The Magic Flowers of Midsummer Eve
  • Chapter IX: Balder and the Mistletoe
  • Chapter X: The External Soul in Folk-Tales
  • Chapter XI: The External Soul in Folk-Custom
  • Chapter XII: The Golden Bough
  • Chapter XIII: Farewell to Nemi
  • Note
  • Index

Bibliography and General Index

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Series: The Golden Bough
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1920
  • Pages: 558

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Contents

  • Preface
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Aftermath: A Supplement to the Golden Bough

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Series: The Golden Bough
  • Publisher: The Macmillan Press
  • Publication Date: 1936
  • Pages: 515

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In this supplement to The Golden Bough, James George Frazer provides fresh information on subjects previously discussed in the series.

Contents

  • Chapter I: Magic
  • Chapter II: The Magical Control of the Weather
  • Chapter III: Magicians as Kings
  • Chapter IV: Incarnate Human Gods
  • Chapter V: Departmental Kings of Nature
  • Chapter VI: The Worship of Trees
  • Chapter VII: Relics of Tree-Worship in Europe
  • Chapter VIII: The Influence of the Sexes on Vegetation
  • Chapter IX: The Sacred Marriage
  • Chapter X: The King’s Fire
  • Chapter XI: The Fire-Drill
  • Chapter XII: Father Jove and Mother Vesta
  • Chapter XIII: The Origin of Perpetual Fires
  • Chapter XIV: The Sucession to the Kingdom in Ancient Latium
  • Chapter XV: St. George and the Parilia
  • Chapter XVI: The Oak
  • Chapter XVII: Dianus and Diana
  • Chapter XVIII: Royal and Priestly Taboos
  • Chapter XIX: The Perils of the Soul
  • Chapter XX: Tabooed Acts
  • Chapter XXI: Tabooed Persons
  • Chapter XXII: Tabooed Things
  • Chapter XXIII: Tabooed Words
  • Chapter XXIV: The Killing of the Divine King
  • Chapter XXV: The Fairy Wife
  • Chapter XXVI: Temporary Kings
  • Chapter XXVII: Sacrifice of the King’s Son
  • Chapter XXVIII: Killing the Tree-Spirit
  • Chapter XXIX: Swinging as a Magical Rite
  • Chapter XXX: The Myth of Adonis
  • Chapter XXXI: Consecration by Anointing
  • Chapter XXXII: Reincarnation of the Dead
  • Chapter XXXIII: Volcanic Religion
  • Chapter XXXIV: The Gardens of Adonis
  • Chapter XXXV: The Ritual of Attis
  • Chapter XXXVI: Attis as the Father
  • Chapter XXXVII: On Head-Hunting
  • Chapter XXXVIII: The Tears of Isis
  • Chapter XXXIX: The Star of Isis
  • Chapter XL: Feasts of All Souls
  • Chapter XLI: Mother-Kin and Mother Goddesses
  • Chapter XLII: Marriage of Brothers with Sisters
  • Chapter XLIII: Children of Living Parents in Ritual
  • Chapter XLIV: Blind Victims in Sacrifice
  • Chapter XLV: Men Dressed as Women
  • Chapter XLVI: Children in Winnowing Fans
  • Chapter XLVII: Magical Significance of Games in Primitive Agriculture
  • Chapter XLVIII: Women’s Part in Primitive Agriculture
  • Chapter XLIX: Personification of the Corn-Spirit at Harvest
  • Chapter L: Human Sacrifices for the Crops
  • Chapter LI: The Corn-Spirit as an Animal
  • Chapter LII: The Pleiades in Primitive Agriculture
  • Chapter LIII: A Primitive Form of Purification
  • Chapter LIV: The Maniae at Aricia
  • Chapter LV: Attempts to Deceive Demons
  • Chapter LVI: The Sacrifice of First-Fruits
  • Chapter LVII: Homoeopathic Magic of a Flesh Diet
  • Chapter LVIII: The Propitiation of Wild Animals by Hunters
  • Chapter LIX: The Transmigration of Human Souls into Animals
  • Chapter LX: The Transference of Evil
  • Chapter LXI: The Omnipresence of Demons
  • Chapter LXII: The Public Expulsion of Evils
  • Chapter LXIII: Public Scapegoats
  • Chapter LXIV: The Saturnalia and Kindred Festivals
  • Chapter LXV: Not to Touch the Earth
  • Chapter LXVI: Not to See the Sun
  • Chapter LXVII: The Seclusion of Girls at Puberty
  • Chapter LXVIII: The Fire Festivals of Europe
  • Chapter LXIX: Were-Wolves
  • Chapter LXX: The Fire-Walk
  • Chapter LXXI: The Magic Flowers of Midsummer Eve
  • Chapter LXXII: The External Soul in Folk-Tales
  • Chapter LXXIII: The External Soul in Folk-Custom
  • Chapter LXXIV: The Ritual of Death and Resurrection
  • Chapter LXXV: The Mistletoe

About James George Frazer

James George Frazer (January 1, 1854–May 7, 1941) was a cultural anthropologist, folklorist, and classical scholar. He studied classics at the University of Glasgow and was a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is regarded as the first scholar to describe in detail the relationship between myths and rituals. His works include The Golden Bough, Creation and Evolution in Primitive Cosmogenies, and Other Pieces, and The Fear of the Dead in Primitive Religion.