The Golden Bough scandalized the British public when first published, as it included the Christian story of Jesus and the Resurrection in its comparative study. Critics thought this treatment invited an agnostic reading of the Lamb of God as a relic of a pagan religion.
For the third edition, Frazer placed his analysis of the Crucifixion in a speculative appendix; the discussion of Christianity was excluded from the single-volume abridged edition. Frazer himself accepted that his theories were speculative and that the associations he made were circumstantial and usually based only on resemblance. Robert Ackerman writes that, for British social anthropologists, Frazer is still "an embarrassment" for being "the most famous of them all" while they now dissociate themselves "from much that he wrote. Lienhardt himself dismissed Frazer's interpretations of primitive religion as "little more than plausible constructs of [Frazer's] own Victorian rationalism", while Ludwig Wittgenstein , in his Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough , wrote: "Frazer is much more savage than most of his 'savages' [since] his explanations of [their] observances are much cruder than the sense of the observances themselves.
Initially, the book's influence on the emerging discipline of anthropology was pervasive. I realized then that anthropology, as presented by Sir James Frazer, is a great science, worthy of as much devotion as any of her elder and more exact studies and I became bound to the service of Frazerian anthropology.
In , simultaneously with the publication of the first abridged edition of The Golden Bough , came Malinowski's Argonauts of the Western Pacific and Radcliffe-Brown's The Andaman Islanders , the first outstanding products of the British field research tradition that Frazer had very actively encouraged. As every first-year student knows, these monographs began to point students towards empirical studies of Frazer's 'savages', who, when spoken to in their own homes and languages, were found to have much more of interest to say for themselves than Frazer had to say about them.
The central theme or, as he thought, theory of The Golden Bough —that all mankind had evolved intellectually and psychologically from a superstitious belief in magicians, through a superstitious belief in priests and gods, to enlightened belief in scientists—had little or no relevance to the conduct of life in an Andamanese camp or a Melanesian village, and the whole, supposedly scientific, basis of Frazer's anthropology was seen as a misapplication of Darwin's theory of biological evolution to human history and psychology. Edmund Leach , "one of the most impatient critics of Frazer's overblown prose and literary embellishment of his sources for dramatic effect", was scathing of the artistic license exercised by Frazer in The Golden Bough , saying: "Frazer used his ethnographic evidence, which he culled from here, there and everywhere, to illustrate propositions which he had arrived at in advance by a priori reasoning, but, to a degree which is often quite startling, whenever the evidence did not fit he simply altered the evidence!
Despite the controversy generated by the work, and its critical reception amongst other scholars, The Golden Bough inspired much of the creative literature of the period. The poet Robert Graves adapted Frazer's concept of the dying king sacrificed for the good of the kingdom to the romantic idea of the poet's suffering for the sake of his Muse-Goddess, as reflected in his book on poetry, rituals, and myths, The White Goddess The horror writer H.
Lovecraft 's understanding of religion was influenced by The Golden Bough ,  and Lovecraft mentions the book in his short story " The Call of Cthulhu ". Eliot acknowledged indebtedness to Frazer in his first note to his poem The Waste Land. The mythologist Joseph Campbell drew on The Golden Bough in The Hero with a Thousand Faces , where he accepted Frazer's view that mythology is a primitive attempt to explain the world of nature, though considering it only one among a number of valid explanations of mythology.
Frazer and the Cambridge Ritualists , sets Frazer in the broader context of the history of ideas. Cornford , and A.
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Infobase Publishing. The Golden Bough. London: Wordsworth. A Study in Magic and Religion. London: The Macmillan Press. Oxford: — Archived from the original on 22 September History of Religions Langness Editor The Study of Culture. The Scapegoat. Johns Hopkins University Press. Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World. Athlone Press. Lovecraft: A Life. West Warwick: Necronomicon Press. About this Item: St. Martin's, New York, Condition: near fine. Tall 8vo, original dark green cloth with decoratively gilt covers, original dust wrappers sunned spines with St.
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Hftitles versos with publ. Massive english language scholarly investigative assessment of the world's cultural magico-religious history and legacy, from the antiquity, primitive societies to the modern world, e. Almost complete set of this magnum opus, in good cundition, untrimmed copy. James George Frazer was a Scottish social anthropologist influential in the early stages of modern studies in mythology and comparative religion. He is often considered as one of the founding fathers of modern anthropology. His most famous work "The Golden Bough" , documents and details the similarities among magical and religious beliefs across the globe.
Frazer posited that human belief progressed through three stages: primitive magic, replaced by religion, in turn replaced by science. Published by Macmillan Company From: Weller Book Works, A. About this Item: Macmillan Company , Frazer, James George. New York: Macmillan Company, Dark green cloth with gilt lettering. Book condition: Very good with gently bumped and rubbed edges, lightly rubbed extremities, and former owner's information penned on pastedowns of each volume.
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All vols have some Publisher's adverts for Frazer's works at the back. Vol XII has a closed tear, 5" long, down left side of spine and some nicks at top of spine. One Book has an Illustrated Bookplate on Endpaper. A little light browning to endpapers. Some pages uncut and unread. No inscriptions except a very occasional pencil underlining. Pages in very good, clean condition. A nice, complete set of this fascinating work. Please ask if you would like more Pictures, Information or a Shipping Quote. Cloth decorative.
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Thrid Edition. Total of seven books. The Magic Art Vol. I has a piece of the cloth missing on the top of the spine, signs of age and wear to exterior, the corners are bumped and there is some yellowing to pages inside. II has a few ncks to cloth spine top and bottom, corners are bumped and frayed, some interior yellowing.
The Dying God has spots of discoloration to the cover and back, corners bumped and frayed. The Scapegoat has mild discoration to the cover, a nick to the top of the spine. Taboo and the Perils of the Soul has nicks to the top of the spine, spot on cover, some mild interior yellowing. Spirits of the Corn and of the Wild Vol.
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Complete with original dust wrappers which have only slight wear. Top edge gilt. Single frontispiece illustration. Fore edge untrimmed, a few pages carelessly opened, otherwise a very clean and attractive set. Third Edition mixed printings as typical for this set. Supplemental volume is not part of this set but is easily obtained. James George Frazer has been considered one of the founders of contemporary anthropology and twentieth-century social anthropology.
The Golden Bough is his major work and was first published in two volumes in ; in three volumes in ; with the 12 volume third edition set published in It is a monumental study in comparative folklore, magic and religion and has had major impact on psychology and literature and remains an early classic anthropological resource. This is a heavy set - additional shipping cost will be required. Published by Cambridge University Press About this Item: Cambridge University Press, Seller Inventory M Published by Macmillan, London.
About this Item: Macmillan, London. The set Comprises - Part I. Adonis, Attis, Osiris 2 vols. Spirits of the Corn and of the Wild 2 vols. Baldur the Beautiful 2 vols. Bibliography and General Index The dying God volume has unsightly marks on front board otherwise this is a clean tight set in very good order, some volumes have pencil marks in margins and underlining etc, not extensive. Published by Cambridge University Press.
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