James George Frazer

Scottish social anthropologist

1854   -   1941

country of citizenship: United Kingdom
educated at: University of Glasgow, Trinity College
occupation: anthropologist, writer, historian, mythographer, classical scholar
award received: Order of Merit

Sir James George Frazer (; 1 January 1854 – 7 May 1941) was a Scottish social anthropologist and folklorist influential in the early stages of the modern studies of mythology and comparative religion. He is often considered one of the founding fathers of modern anthropology. His most famous work, The Golden Bough (1890), documents and details the similarities among magical and religious beliefs around the globe. Frazer posited that human belief progressed through three stages: primitive magic, replaced by religion, in turn replaced by science.
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