The Golden Bough

James FRAZER (1854 - 1941)


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)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Religion

Language: English

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