An expert in myth and religion, the author spent over a quarter-century assembling this study of the cults, rites, and myths of antiquity. Frazer's definitions of qmagic, q qreligion, q and qscienceq were useful to his successors in social anthropology, and his explications of ancient legends influenced generations of writers and poets.The man with the axe asks the tree whether it will yield a good crop next year and threatens to cut it down if it does not. ... The notion is not purely fanciful, for plants like animals have their sexes and reproduce their kind by the union of the male and female elements. ... and silver trinkets and to borrow all the money they could in order to marry a mango-tree to a jasmine with due pomp and ceremony.
|Title||:||The Golden Bough|
|Author||:||James George Frazer|
|Publisher||:||Courier Corporation - 2002|