James George Frazer

James George Frazer

James George Frazer
1854 -1941

James George Frazer Biography

James George Frazer (1854-1941) was a Scottish social anthropologist and folklorist, best known for his study of comparative religion and mythology in his book "The Golden Bough." He was born in Glasgow and studied at the University of Glasgow, where he earned a degree in classics. After graduation, he worked as a classics teacher before becoming a professor of social anthropology at the University of Liverpool. In 1890, he published his first book, "Totemism and Exogamy," which laid the foundation for his later work on comparative religion and mythology. In 1890s, he began working on "The Golden Bough," which was published in 12 volumes between 1890 and 1915. The book explores the similarities and differences between various religious and mythological beliefs and practices around the world. Frazer also wrote several other books, including "Folklore in the Old Testament" and "The Fear of the Dead in Primitive Religion." He died in 1941 in Cambridge, England.

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The Golden Bough A Study of Magic and Religion1890