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The Golden Bough (Complete)

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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) (42 hr 43 min)

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Preface & Chapters I & II

43:16

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Chapters III.1 & III.2 part 1

47:42

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Chapter III.2 part 2

49:43

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Chapter III.3-4

39:06

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Chapter IV

41:35

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Chapter V.1-2

55:20

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Chapter V.3-4

18:05

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Chapter VI

26:47

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Chapter VII

52:39

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Chapter VIII & IX

48:42

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Chapter X

48:36

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Chapter XI & XII

36:06

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Chapter XIII & XIV

44:54

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Chapter XV & XVI

24:32

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Chapter XVII

36:14

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Chapter XVIII

59:11

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Chapter XIX

29:05

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Chapter XX part 1

36:56

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Chapter XX part 2

42:34

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Chapter XXI part 1

38:28

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Chapter XXI part 2

39:30

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Chapter XXII

1:05:19

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Chapter XXIII & XXIV

1:17:38

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Chapter XXV - XXVII

37:19

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Chapter XXVIII part 1

43:25

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Chapter XXVIII part 2

1:00:16

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Chapter XXIX - XXXI

42:47

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Chapter XXXII & XXXIII

42:03

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Chapter XXXIV - XXXVI

31:42

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Chapter XXXVII & XXXVIII

41:50

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Chapter XXXIX

32:45

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Chapter XL - XLII

29:16

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Chapter XLIII & XLIV

40:12

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Chapter XLV

47:31

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Chapter XLVI

44:35

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Chapter XLVII part 1

28:11

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Chapter XLVII part 2

25:45

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Chapter XLVII part 3

34:22

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Chapter XLVIII part 1

37:14

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Chapter XLVIII part 2

27:59

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Chapter XLIX part 1

31:34

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Chapter XLIX part 2

27:06

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Chapter L

52:22

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Chapter LI

18:52

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Chapter LII

1:03:38

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Chapter LIII

45:57

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Chapter LIV & LV

46:06

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Chapter LVI

50:47

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Chapter LVII

1:00:12

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Chapter LVIII & LIX

56:36

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Chapter LX & LXI

1:06:07

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Chapter LXII part 1

48:39

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Chapter LXII part 2

1:09:53

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Chapter LXIII

34:29

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Chapter LXIV

31:04

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Chapter LXV

34:27

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Chapter LXVI

45:35

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Chapter LXVII part 1

50:36

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Chapter LXVII part 2

34:40

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Chapter LXVIII & LXIX

46:05

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Bewertungen

(5 Sterne)

Frazer's learning is impressive--and even this abridgement seems exhaustive. His imperialstic outlook and condescension to natives, ancient and modern, is annoying, but his scholarship is still relevant. It has inspired writers of fiction and scholars alike.

(5 Sterne)

this is great, i have the books but its hard to sit down and read them🤣🤣