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The Golden Bough

James Frazer (1854-1941)

1. 00 – Preface & Chapters I & II
2. 01 – Chapters III.1 & III.2 part 1
3. 02 – Chapter III.2 part 2
4. 03 – Chapter III.3-4
5. 04 – Chapter IV
6. 05 – Chapter V.1-2
7. 06 – Chapter V.3-4
8. 07 – Chapter VI
9. 08 – Chapter VII
10. 09 – Chapters VIII & IX
11. 10 – Chapter X
12. 11 – Chapters XI & XII
13. 12 – Chapters XIII & XIV
14. 13 – Chapters XV & XVI
15. 14 – Chapter XVII
16. 15 – Chapter XVIII
17. 16 – Chapter XIX
18. 17a – Chapter XX part 1
19. 17b – Chapter XX part 2
20. 18a – Chapter XXI part 1
21. 18b – Chapter XXI part 2
22. 19 – Chapter XXII
23. 20 – Chapters XXIII & XXIV
24. 21 – Chapters XXV – XXVII
25. 22a – Chapter XXVIII part 1
26. 22b – Chapter XXVIII part 2
27. 23 – Chapters XXIX – XXXI
28. 24 – Chapters XXXII & XXXIII
29. 25 – Chapters XXXIV – XXXVI
30. 26 – Chapters XXXVII & XXXVIII
31. 27 – Chapter XXXIX
32. 28 – Chapters XL – XLII
33. 29 – Chapters XLIII & XLIV
34. 30 – Chapter XLV
35. 31 – Chapter XLVI
36. 32a – Chapter XLVII part 1
37. 32b – Chapter XLVII part 2
38. 32c – Chapter XLVII part 3
39. 33a – Chapter XLVIII part 1
40. 33b – Chapter XLVIII part 2
41. 34a – Chapter XLIX part 1
42. 34b – Chapter XLIX part 2
43. 35 – Chapter L
44. 36 – Chapter LI
45. 37 – Chapter LII
46. 38 – Chapter LIII
47. 39 – Chapters LIV & LV
48. 40 – Chapter LVI
49. 41 – Chapter LVII
50. 42 – Chapters LVIII & LIX
51. 43 – Chapters LX & LXI
52. 44a – Chapter LXII part 1
53. 44b – Chapter LXII part 2
54. 45 – Chapter LXIII
55. 46 – Chapter LXIV
56. 47 – Chapter LXV
57. 48 – Chapter LXVI
58. 49a – Chapter LXVII part 1
59. 49b – Chapter LXVII part 2
60. 50 – Chapters LXVIII & LXIX

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Summary

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)