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The Golden Bough

By Frazer, Sir James George

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Book Id: WPLBN0000166347
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: The Golden Bough  
Author: Frazer, Sir James George
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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Publisher: World Ebook Library


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WHO does not know Turner's picture of the Golden Bough? The scene, suffused with the golden glow of imagination in which the divine mind of Turner steeped and transfigured even the fairest natural landscape, is a dream-like vision of the little woodland lake of Nemi— Diana's Mirror, as it was called by the ancients. No one who has seen that calm water, lapped in a green hollow of the Alban hills, can ever forget it. The two characteristic Italian villages which slumber on its banks, and the equally Italian palace whose terraced gardens descend steeply to the lake, hardly break the stillness and even the solitariness of the scene. Diana herself might still linger by this lonely shore, still haunt these woodlands wild.

Table of Contents
· Chapter 1. The King of the Wood. · Section 1. Diana and Virbius. · Section 2. Artemis and Hippolytus. · Section 3. Recapitulation. · Chapter 2. Priestly Kings. · Chapter 3. Sympathetic Magic. · Section 1. The Principles of Magic. · Section 2. Homoeopathic or Imitative Magic. · Section 3. Contagious Magic. · Section 4. The Magician's Progress. · Chapter 4. Magic and Religion. · Chapter 5. The Magical Control of the Weather. · Section 1. The Public Magician. · Section 2. The Magical Control of Rain. · Section 3. The Magical Control of the Sun. · Section 4. The Magical Control of the Wind. · Chapter 6. Magicians as Kings. · Chapter 7. Incarnate Human Gods. · Chapter 8. Departmental Kings of Nature. · Chapter 9. The Worship of Trees. · Section 1. Tree-spirits. · Section 2. Beneficent Powers of Tree-Spirits. · Chapter 10. Relics of Tree Worship in Modern Europe. · Chapter 11. The Influence of the Sexes on Vegetation. · Chapter 12. The Sacred Marriage.


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