Synopses & Reviews
A world classic.
The Golden Bough describes our ancestors' primitive methods of worship, sex practices, strange rituals and festivals. Disproving the popular thought that primitive life was simple, this monumental survey shows that savage man was enmeshed in a tangle of magic, taboos, and superstitions. Revealed here is the evolution of man from savagery to civilization, from the modification of his weird and often bloodthirsty customs to the entry of lasting moral, ethical, and spiritual values.
TimeSir James Frazer left a lasting mark on science, literature, and the history of western thought.
Professor M. F. Ashley MontaguFrazer's The Golden Bough is one of the great books of our culture written by one of the great scholars of our time. To read it is to share in the adventure of mankind's cultural odyssey, and to undergo an enlargement in one's own sympathy and understanding for one's fellow beings....It is a book to be read and re-read.
NatureOne of the greatest books.