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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[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
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.
Gregory L. Fisher