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Golden Bough: The Magic Art and the Evolution of Kings, Volume 2

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Golden Bough: The Magic Art and the Evolution of Kings, Volume 2 by James Frazer is a comprehensive exploration of the origins of religion, mythology, and power structures in ancient civilizations. Frazer delves into the rituals, beliefs, and practices of various cultures to uncover the connections between magic, religion, and the evolution of kingship.

The depth of research and breadth of knowledge displayed in this book is truly impressive. Frazer provides a thorough analysis of the ways in which magic and religion have shaped human society throughout history. His writing is clear and concise, making complex concepts accessible to the average reader.

One of the most fascinating aspects of this book is Frazer's discussion of the role of myth and ritual in societal structures. He highlights how these elements were used by ancient rulers to maintain their power and authority. By examining these practices, Frazer sheds light on the underlying mechanisms of social control and the ways in which they have evolved over time.

Overall, Golden Bough: The Magic Art and the Evolution of Kings, Volume 2 is a thought-provoking and insightful read for anyone interested in the history of religion, mythology, and governance. Frazer's meticulous research and engaging writing style make this book a valuable resource for scholars, students, and general readers alike.

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The second volume in Frazer's seminal 12 volume set on anthropology and traditional systems of belief. The superstition and magical purpose of kings is further discussed alongside the worship of trees, vegetation, fire, and the sacred marriages, and the mystical bond between people and trees. - Summary by Leon Harvey

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