Online Seminar Series: The Golden Bough

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Sun, Jul 21 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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1129 Maricopa Highway #156

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Online Seminar Series

The Golden Bough by James Frazer

REVISED DATE: Sunday, July 21, 2024

“For myth changes while custom remains constant; men continue to do what their ancestors did before them, though the reasons on which their fathers acted have been long forgotten. The history of religion is a long attempt to reconcile old custom with new reason, to find a sound theory for an absurd practice.”

The Golden Bough – A Study in Magic and Religion is a wide-ranging investigation of mythology, religion, and ritual. First published in 1890 and greatly expanded in later editions, the book attempts to define the shared elements of religious belief and scientific thought, discussing fertility rites, human sacrifice, the dying god, the scapegoat, and many other symbols and practices whose influences had extended into 20th-century culture. We invite you to join us as we discuss this entire abridged version, a few chapters at a time, with weekend seminars taking place about one month apart.

July 21 Reading:

The Golden Bough by James Frazer –

Chapters XXIII – Our Debt to the Savage, XIV – The Killing of the Divine King, XXV – Temporary Kings, XXVI – Sacrifice of the King’s Son, XXVII – Succession to the Soul (pages 316-356)

Penguin Classics; Abridged edition (January 1998)

ISBN 978-0140189315


12:00-2:00PM PDT


Andy Gilman


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