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, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Fellow of the British Academy

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. 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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The Golden Bough

book by James Frazer on comparative religion, published in 1890

author: James George Frazer


The golden bough

author: James George Frazer

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