The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, George Frazer

A New Abridgement from the Second and Third Editions (Oxford World's Classics) [Abridged] (Paperback)

Paperback: 1012 pages
Oxford Paperbacks; Abridged edition (31 Jul 1998)
Language English

The classic text for the serious student of social anthropology. It is a fascinating book which traces the origins of religion and belief in magic in Europe. It shows the roots of many of European Christianity’s beliefs and practises, many of which have surprising pagan roots. This is a very challenging book for many Christians as it shows much of Christianity to be just retelling of Pagan myths. Many interesting aspects of paganism are discussed such as the Horned God, and the principal of sympathetic magic. It is long and suffers somewhat from being written over 100 years ago and can be heavy going but for the serious student it is well worth the effort.