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The golden bough : the roots of religion and folklore

Author: James George Frazer
Publisher: New York : Avenel Books : Distributed by Crown, ©1981.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1981 edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James George Frazer
ISBN: 0517336332 9780517336335
OCLC Number: 7282339
Notes: Reprint. Originally published in 2 v. : London : Macmillan, 1890.
Description: xiv, 409, 407 pages, [96] pages, of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Vol. 1. The King of the Wood ; The Perils of the Soul ; Killing the God --
v. Killing the God ; The Golden Bough.
Other Titles: Roots of religion and folklore
Responsibility: by James G. Frazer ; with a new foreword.

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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, ethical, and spiritual values.

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