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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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A certain sacred tree was forbidden to the touch, save only for runaway slaves: if the slave could break off a branch — The Golden Bough — he could challenge the tree's attendant priest to mortal combat. If victorious, the slave would replace the priest as King of the Woods — until his lethal defeat by another bearer of The Golden Bough. Sir James George Frazer, an expert in myth and religion, was so intrigued by this tale from classical mythology that he spent more than a quarter-century investigating its genesis. His 1890 study of the cults, rites, and myths of antiquity, The Golden Bough, offers a monumental exploration of these customs and their parallels with early Christianity. A pioneer of social anthropology, Frazer's definitions of such terms as "magic," "religion," and "science" proved highly useful to his successors in the field, and his explications of the ancient legends profoundly influenced generations of prominent psychologists, writers, and poets. This abridgment of his multivolume magnum opus omits footnotes and occasionally condenses text; nevertheless, as the author himself observed, all of the ori
ginal work's main principles remain intact, along with ample illustrative examples.

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New Dover edition.

Synopsis:

An expert in myth and religion, Sir James George Frazer spent more than a quarter-century assembling this 1890 study of the cults, rites, and myths of antiquity. Frazer's definitions of such terms as "magic," "religion," and "science" proved highly useful to his successors in the field of social anthropology, and his explications of the ancient legends profoundly influenced generations of psycdhologists, writers, and poets. This abridgment of his twelve-volume work omits footnotes and occasionally condenses text; nevertheless, as the author himself observed, all of its main principles remain intact, along with ample illustrative examples. Portable and modestly priced, this edition is a convenient and economical choice.

Table of Contents

I. THE KING OF THE WOOD

  § 1. Diana and Virbius

  § 2. Artemis and Hippolytus

  § 3. Recapitulation

II. PRIESTLY KINGS

III. SYMPATHETIC MAGIC

  § 1. The Principles of Magic

  § 2. Homoeopathic or Imitative Magic

  § 3. Contagious Magic

  § 4. The Magician's Progress

IV. MAGIC AND RELIGION

V. THE MAGICAL CONTROL OF THE WEATHER

  § 1. The Public Magician

  § 2. The Magical Control of Rain

  § 3. The Magical Control of the Sun

  § 4. The Magical Control of the Wind

VI. MAGICIANS AS KINGS

VII. INCARNATE HUMAN GODS

VIII. DEPARTMENTAL KINGS OF NATURE

IX. THE WORSHIP OF TREES

  § 1. Tree-spirits

  § 2. Beneficent Powers of Tree-spirits

X. RELICS OF TREE-WORSHIP IN MODERN EUROPE

XI. THE INFLUENCE OF THE SEXES ON VEGETATION

XII. THE SACRED MARRIAGE

  § 1. Diana as a Goddess of Fertility

  § 2. The Marriage of the Gods

XIII. THE KINGS OF ROME AND ALBA

  § 1. Numa and Egeria

  § 2. The King as Jupiter

XIV. THE SUCCESSION TO THE KINGDOM IN ANCIENT LATIUM

XV. THE WORSHIP OF THE OAK

XVI DIANUS AND DIANA

XVII. THE BURDEN OF ROYALTY

  § 1. Royal and Priestly Taboos

  § 2. Divorce of the Spiritual from the Temporal Power

XVIII. THE PERILS OF THE SOUL

  § 1. The Soul as a Mannikin

  § 2. Absence and Recall of the Soul

  § 3. The Soul as a Shadow and a Reflection

XIX. TABOOED ACTS

  § 1. Taboos on Intercourse with Strangers

  § 2. Taboos on Eating and Drinking

  § 3. Taboos on showing the Face

  § 4. Taboos on quitting the House

  § 5. Taboos on leaving Food over

XX. TABOOED PERSONS

  § 1. Chiefs and Kings tabooed

  § 2. Mourners tabooed

  § 3. Women tabooed at Menstruation and Childbirth

  § 4. Warriors tabooed

  § 5. Manslayers tabooed

  § 6. Hunters and Fishers tabooed

XXI. TABOOED THINGS

  § 1. The Meaning of Taboo

  § 2. Iron tabooed

  § 3. Sharp Weapons tabooed

  § 4. Blood tabooed

  § 5. The Head tabooed

  § 6. Hair tabooed

  § 7. Ceremonies at Hair-cutting

  § 8. Disposal of Cut Hair and Nails

  § 9. Spittle tabooed

  § 10. Foods tabooed

  § 11. Knots and Rings tabooed

XXII. TABOOED WORDS

  § 1. Personal Names tabooed

  § 2. Names of Relations tabooed

  § 3. Names of the Dead tabooed

  § 4. Names of Kings and other Sacred Persons tabooed

  § 5. Names of Gods tabooed

XXIII. OUR DEBT TO THE SAVAGE

XXIV. THE KILLING OF THE DIVINE KING

  § 1. The Mortality of the Gods

  § 2. Kings killed when their Strength fails

  § 3. Kings killed at the End of a Fixed Term

XXV. TEMPORARY KINGS

XXVI. SACRIFICE OF THE KING'S SON

XXVII. SUCCESSION TO THE SOUL

XXVIII. THE KILLING OF THE TREE-SPIRIT

  § 1. The Whitsuntide Mummers

  § 2. Burying the Carnival

  § 3. Carrying out Death

  § 4. Bringing in Summer

  § 5. Battle of Summer and Winter

  § 6. Death and Resurretion of Kostrubonko

  § 7. Death and Revival of Vegetation

  § 8. Analogous Rites in India

  § 9. The Magic Spring

XXIX. THE MYTH OF ADONIS

XXX. ADONIS IN SYRIA

XXXI. ADONIS IN CYPRUS

XXXII. THE RITUAL OF ADONIS

XXXIII. THE GARDENS OF ADONIS

XXXIV. THE MYTH AND RITUAL OF ATTIS

XXXV. ATTIS AS A GOD OF VEGETATION

XXXVI. HUMAN REPRESENTATIVES OF ATTIS

XXXVII. ORIENTAL RELIGIONS IN THE WEST

XXXVIII. THE MYTH OF OSIRIS

XXXIX. THE RITUAL OF OSIRIS

  § 1. The Popular Rites

  § 2. The Official Rites

XL. THE NATURE OF OSIRIS

  § 1. Osiris a Corn-god

  § 2. Osiris a Tree-spirit

  § 3. Osiris a God of Fertility

  § 4. Osiris a God of the Dead

XLI. ISIS

XLII. OSIRIS AND THE SUN

XLIII. DIONYSUS

XLIV. DEMETER AND PERSEPHONE

XLV. THE CORN-MOTHER AND THE CORN-MAIDEN IN NORTHERN EUROPE

XLVI. THE CORN-MOTHER IN MANY LANDS

  § 1. The Corn-mother in America

  § 2. The Rice-mother in the East Indies

  § 3. The Spirit of the Corn embodied in Human Beings

  § 4. The Double Personification of the Corn as Mother and Daughter

XLVII. LITYERSES

  § 1. Songs of the Corn-reapers

  § 2. Killing the Corn-spirit

  § 3. Human Sacrifices for the Crops

  § 4. The Corn-spirit slain in his Human Representatives

XLVIII. THE CORN-SPIRIT AS AN ANIMAL

  § 1. Animal Embodiments of the Corn-spirit

  § 2. The Corn-spirit as a Wolf or a Dog

  § 3. The Corn-spirit as a Cock

  § 4. The Corn-spirit as a Hare

  § 5. The Corn-spirit as a Cat

  § 6. The Corn-spirit as a Goat

  § 7. "The Corn-spirit as a Bull, Cow, or Ox"

  § 8. The Corn-spirit as a Horse or Mare

  § 9. The Corn-spirit as a Pig (Boar or Sow)

  § 10. On the Animal Embodiments of the Corn-spirit

XLIX. ANCIENT DEITIES OF VEGETATIONAS ANIMALS

  § 1. "Dionysus, the Goat and the Bull"

  § 2. "Demeter, the Pig and the Horse"

  § 3. "Attis, Adonis, and the Pig"

  § 4. "Osiris, the Pig and the Bull"

  § 5. Virbius and the Horse

L. EATING THE GOD

  § 1. The Sacrament of First-fruits

  § 2. Eating the God among the Aztecs

  § 3. Many Manii at Aricia

LI. HOMOEOPATHIC MAGIC OF A FLESH DIET

LII. KILLING THE DIVINE ANIMAL

  § 1. Killing the Sacred Buzzard

  § 2. Killing the Sacred Ram

  § 3. Killing the Sacred Serpent

  § 4. Killing the Sacred Turtles

  § 5. Killing the Sacred Bear

LIII. THE PROPITIATION OF WILD ANIMALS BY HUNTERS

LIV. TYPES OF ANIMAL SACRAMENT

  § 1. The Egyptian and the Aino Types of Sacrament

  § 2. Processions with Sacred Animals

LV. THE TRANSFERENCE OF EVIL

  § 1. The Transference to Inanimate Objects

  § 2. The Transference to Animals

  § 3. The Transference to Men

  § 4. The Transference to Evil in Europe

LVI. THE PUBLIC EXPULSION OF EVILS

  § 1. The Omnipresence of Demons

  § 2. The Occasional Expulsion of Evils

  § 3. The Periodic Expulsion of Evils

LVII. PUBLIC SCAPEGOATS

  § 1. The Expulsion of Embodied Evils

  § 2. The Occasional Expulsion of Evils in a Material Vehicle

  § 3. The Periodic Expulsion of Evils in a Material Vehicle

  § 4. On Scapegoats in General

LVIII. HUMAN SCAPEGOATS IN CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY

  § 1. The Human Scapegoat in Ancient Rome

  § 2. The Human Scapegoat in Ancient Greece

  § 3. The Roman Saturnalia

LIX. KILLING THE GOD IN MEXICO

LX. BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH

  § 1. Not to touch the Earth

  § 2. Not to see the Sun

  § 3. The Seclusion of Girls at Puberty

  § 4. Reasons for the Seclusion of Girls at Puberty

LXI. THE MYTH OF BALDER

LXII. THE FIRE-FESTIVALS OF EUROPE

  § 1. The Fire-festivals in general

  § 2. The Lenten Fires

  § 3. The Easter Fires

  § 4. The Beltane Fires

  § 5. The Midsummer Fires

  § 6. The Hollowe'en Fires

  § 7. The Midwinter Fires

  § 8. The Need-fire

LXIII. THE INTERPRETATION OF THE FIRE-FESTIVALS

  § 1. On the Fire-festivals in general

  § 2. The Solar Theory of the Fire-festivals

  § 3. The Purificatory Theory of the Fire-festivals

LXIV. THE BURNING OF HUMAN BEINGS IN THE FIRES

  § 1. The Burning of Effigies in the Fires

  § 2. The Burning of Men and Animals in the Fires

LXV. BALDER AND THE MISTLETOE

LXVI. THE EXTERNAL SOUL IN FOLK-TALES

LXVII. THE EXTERNAL SOUL IN FOLK-CUSTOM

  § 1. The External Soul in Inanimate Things

  § 2. The External Soul in Plants

  § 3. The External Soul in Animals

  § 4. The Ritual of Death a

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486424927
Author:
Frazer, James George
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Frazer, James George, Sir
Author:
Frazer, Sir James George
Location:
Mineola, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Mythology
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Superstition
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Number:
Abridged ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Value Editions
Series Volume:
no. 66
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 1.8 lb

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An expert in myth and religion, Sir James George Frazer spent more than a quarter-century assembling this 1890 study of the cults, rites, and myths of antiquity. Frazer's definitions of such terms as "magic," "religion," and "science" proved highly useful to his successors in the field of social anthropology, and his explications of the ancient legends profoundly influenced generations of psycdhologists, writers, and poets. This abridgment of his twelve-volume work omits footnotes and occasionally condenses text; nevertheless, as the author himself observed, all of its main principles remain intact, along with ample illustrative examples. Portable and modestly priced, this edition is a convenient and economical choice.

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