Edited and abridged by Robert K.G. Temple.
1 The king of the wood. 2 Sympathetic magic. 3 Weather magic. 4 The sovereign magician. 5 Gods as mortals. 6 Tree worship. 7 The perils of the soul. 8 The transference of evil. 9 Fire festivals. 10 The wandering soul. 11 The golden bough
'When Sir James George Frazer began his investigation of the legend of the hunted priest in the sacred grove at Nemi in 1889, he hoped to draw a 'picture of moving panorama of the vanished life of primitive man all over the world, from the tropics to the poles." The result, forty-six years later, was The Golden Bough, a twelve-volume masterpiece that became the classic study of the origins of magic and religion--and, in the words of Time magazine, "one of the twentieth century's most influential books."...[It] holds a magnifying glass to Frazer's insights into the nature of magic and religion, insights that range widely between cultures and across time.'