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Golden Bough, The

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The classic (and bigoted) 1922 study in Magic and Religion that opened the floodgates for anthopological shamanism in the 20th century.

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A monumental study in comparative folklore, magic and religion, The Golden Bough shows parallels between the rites and beliefs, superstitions and taboos of early cultures and those of Christianity. It had a great impact on psychology and literature and remains an early classic anthropological resource.


"Sir James Frazer left a lasting mark on science, literature and the history of Western thought."      ~Time


"The whitish-yellow of the mistletoe berries is hardly enough to account for the name, for Virgil says that the bough was altogether golden, stems as well as leaves. Perhaps the name may be derived from the rich golden yellow which a bough of mistletoe assumes when it has been cut and kept for some months; the bright tint is not confined to the leaves, but spreads to the stalks as well, so that the whole branch appears to be indeed a Golden Bough.

Breton peasants hang up great bunches of mistletoe in front of their cottages, and in the month of June these bunches are conspicuous for the bright golden tinge of their foliage. In some parts of Brittany, especially about Morbihan, branches of mistletoe are hung over the doors of stables and byres to protect the horses and cattle, probably against witchcraft."

Author Frazer, Sir James G.
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 907 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1996
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