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The Golden Bough

James Frazer

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The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion is a wide-ranging comparative study of mythology and religion, written by Scottish anthropologist Sir James George Frazer (1854–1941). It offered a modernist approach, discussing religion dispassionately as a cultural phenomenon, rather than from a theological perspective. Although most of its theories have subsequently been exploded (the most famous one being that of the relationship between magic, religion and science), its impact on contemporaneous European literature was substantial. The Golden Bough attempts to define the shared elements of religious belief, ranging from ancient belief systems to relatively modern religions such as Christianity. Its thesis is that old religions were fertility cults that centered around the worship of, and periodic sacrifice of, a sacred king. This king was the incarnation of a dying and reviving god, a solar deity who underwent a mystic marriage to a goddess of the earth, who died at the harvest, and was reincarnated in the spring. Frazer claims that this legend is central to almost all of the world’s mythologies, and he offers a plethora of colourful examples from all over the world. Moreover, his book is written in an admirable style, seldom excelled by his more modern colleagues. (From Wikipedia, with small additions by Måns Broo)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

42h 44m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

43:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

47:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

49:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

39:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

41:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

55:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

52:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

48:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

48:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

36:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

44:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

24:03


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

36:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

59:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

29:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

36:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

42:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

38:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

39:31


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:05:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:17:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

37:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

43:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:00:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

42:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

42:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

31:43


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

41:51


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

32:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

29:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

40:13


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

47:32


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

44:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

28:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

25:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

34:23


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

37:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

28:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

31:35


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

27:07


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

52:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

18:53


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:03:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

45:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

46:07


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

50:48


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

01:00:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

56:37


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:06:08


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

48:40


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

01:09:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

34:30


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

31:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

34:28


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

45:36


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

50:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

34:41


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

46:06