The Golden Bough: The Magic Art and the Evolution of Kings, Volume 2


Read by Leon Harvey

(4.8 stars; 2 reviews)

The second volume in Frazer's seminal 12 volume set on anthropology and traditional systems of belief. The superstition and magical purpose of kings is further discussed alongside the worship of trees, vegetation, fire, and the sacred marriages, and the mystical bond between people and trees. - Summary by Leon Harvey (11 hr 58 min)

Chapters

VIII-DEPARTMENTAL KINGS OF NATURE-The King of the Wood and Nemi probably a depa… 12:06 Read by Leon Harvey
IX-THE WORSHIP OF TREES. PART 1.TREE SPIRITS. Great forests of ancient Europe,T… 1:10:31 Read by Leon Harvey
IX-THE WORSHIP OF TREES PART 2. BENEFICIENT POWERS OF TREE-SPIRITS. Tree-spirit… 24:47 Read by Leon Harvey
X-RELICS OF TREE-WORSHIP IN MODERN EUROPE. May-trees in Europe, especially Engl… 1:12:52 Read by Leon Harvey
XI-THE INFLUENCE OF THE SEXES ON VEGETATION. The marriage of the King and Queen… 43:15 Read by Leon Harvey
XII-THE SACRED MARRIAGE. PART 1. DIANA AS GODDESS OF FERTILITY. Dramatic marria… 19:07 Read by Leon Harvey
XII-THE SACRED MARRIAGE. PART 2. THE MARRIAGE OF THE GODS. Marriages of the god… 50:53 Read by Leon Harvey
XII-THE SACRED MARRIAGE. PART 3. SACRIFICES TO WATER-SPIRITS. Stories of the Pe… 30:22 Read by Leon Harvey
XIII-THE KINGS OF ROME AND ALBA. PART 1. NUMA AND EGERIA. Egeria a nymph of wat… 38:34 Read by Leon Harvey
XIV-THE KING'S FIRE. Sacred marriage of the Fire-god with a woman, Legends of t… 22:53 Read by Leon Harvey
XV-THE FIRE-DRILL. Vestal fire at Rome rekindled by the fire-drill, Use of the … 37:42 Read by Leon Harvey
XVI-FATHER JOVE AND MOTHER VESTA. Similarity between the fire -customs of the H… 45:35 Read by Leon Harvey
XVII-THE ORIGIN OF PERPETUAL FIRES. Custom of perpetual fires probably originat… 23:13 Read by Leon Harvey
XVIII-THE SUCCESSION TO THE KINGDOM IN ANCIENT LATIUM. PART 1. The sacred funct… 54:46 Read by Leon Harvey
XVIII-THE SUCCESSION TO THE KINGDOM IN ANCIENT LATIUM. PART 2. Similar combinat… 51:39 Read by Leon Harvey
XIX-ST. GEORGE AND THE PARILIA. The early Italians a pastoral as well as agricu… 50:10 Read by Leon Harvey
XX-THE WORSHIP OF THE OAK. PART 1. THE DIFFUSION OF THE OAK IN EUROPE, Jupiter … 47:36 Read by Leon Harvey
XXI-DIANUS AND DIANA. Recapitulation : Rise of sacred kings endowed with magica… 22:51 Read by Leon Harvey

Reviews


(4.5 stars)

A treasure chest of worldwide magical customs & beliefs, I was so pleased to find this - even better, there's just one reader & he's good! (have to take off half a star for mispronunciation - hearth shouldn't be pronounced "herth" but "harth" for example but that's a minor point) Its a huge undertaking, congratulations to the reader.