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Sir James George Frazer (1854-1941) caught the popular imagination with his vast and enterprising comparative study of the beliefs and institutions of mankind, which in its third edition numbered 12 volumes. Reissued here is Frazer's own single-volume abridgement of 1922.
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First published in 1915, this is a classic survey of myth, magic and religion throughout the world's history. Whether exploring taboos, tree worship, fire festivals, the killing of the Divine King, the sacrifice of the king's son, animal sacrifice, the transference and expulsion of evil, the author's lucid expression of his insight and concepts makes this an enjoyable and learned study. (Kirkus UK)
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