The Golden Bough: The Magic Art and the Evolution of Kings, Volume 1


Read by Leon Harvey

(4.1 stars; 4 reviews)

The first volume in Frazer's seminal 12 volume set on anthropology and traditional systems of belief. Topics covered include extensive discussion on the belief in sympathetic and contagious magic, magical influence on the environment, magicians and kings, magicians as priests, the origin of incarnate living gods, and a lengthy essay on the origin on the king of the wood at the lake of Nemi. (Summary by Leon Harvey) (13 hr 46 min)

Chapters

PREFACE. Preface to the First Edition, Preface to the Second Edition 36:03 Read by Leon Harvey
CHAPTER 1 THE KING OF THE WOOD. Subchapter 1. Diana and Virbius, The Lake and S… 1:10:15 Read by Leon Harvey
CHAPTER II PRIESTLY KINGS. Priestly kings in ancient Italy, Greece, and other p… 14:06 Read by Leon Harvey
CHAPTER III SYMPATHETIC MAGIC. Subchapter 1. The Principles of Magic. The Law o… 1:03:05 Read by Leon Harvey
CHAPTER III SYMPATHETIC MAGIC. Subchapter 2. Homeopathic or Imitative Magic Par… 46:09 Read by Leon Harvey
Chapter III SYMPATHETIC MAGIC. Subchapter 2. Part 3. homeopathic magic in fishi… 53:33 Read by Leon Harvey
Chapter III SYMPATHETIC MAGIC. Subchapter 2. Part 4. Homoeopathic Magic to Make… 1:10:08 Read by Leon Harvey
Chapter III SYMPATHETIC MAGIC. Subchapter 3. Contagious Magic. Supposed physica… 1:13:50 Read by Leon Harvey
Chapter III SYMPATHETIC MAGIC. Subchapter 4. The Magician's Progress, Elevation… 10:55 Read by Leon Harvey
CHAPTER IV MAGIC AND RELIGION. Affinity of magic to science, its fatal flaw, re… 50:17 Read by Leon Harvey
CHAPTER V MAGICAL CONTROL OF THE WEATHER. 1. The Public Magician.Two types of m… 1:04:10 Read by Leon Harvey
CHAPTER V MAGICAL CONTROL OF THE WEATHER. Magical Control of Rain Part 2. Rain-… 59:30 Read by Leon Harvey
CHAPTER V MAGICAL CONTROL OF THE WEATHER. Subchapter 3. The Magical Control of … 34:37 Read by Leon Harvey
CHAPTER VI MAGICIANS AS KINGS. Part 1. Magic not the only road to a throne, dan… 42:16 Read by Leon Harvey
CHAPTER VI MAGICIANS AS KINGS. Part 2. Kings in Africa and elsewhere punished f… 37:54 Read by Leon Harvey
CHAPTER VII INCARNATE HUMAN GODS. Part 1. Conception of gods slowly evolved, de… 35:30 Read by Leon Harvey
CHAPTER VII INCARNATE HUMAN GODS. Part 2. Human gods in Africa, divinity of kin… 56:06 Read by Leon Harvey
APPENDIX Hegel on Magic and Religion 7:46 Read by Leon Harvey

Reviews

a classic work.


(5 stars)

I'm excited to have a single reader for this massive, seminal work. there are variations in volume and clarity, but hopefully those will work themselves out over time. (Or maybe it's just my hateful iPhone.)


(2 stars)

Wonderful writing. Narrator mumbles; difficult to follow these intonations.