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James Frazer

Data di nascita: 1. Gennaio 1854
Data di morte: 7. Maggio 1941

Sir James George Frazer è stato un antropologo e storico delle religioni scozzese.

È fondamentale il suo contributo all'antropologia culturale e alla storia delle religioni.

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„Thus the killing of a god may sometimes come to be confounded with the execution of a criminal.“

—  James Frazer, libro Il ramo d'oro

Origine: The Golden Bough (1890), Chapter 57, Public Scapegoats
Contesto: For when a nation becomes civilized, if it does not drop human sacrifices altogether, it at least selects as victims only such wretches as would be put to death at any rate. Thus the killing of a god may sometimes come to be confounded with the execution of a criminal.

„The true or golden rules constitute the body of applied science which we call the arts; the false are magic.“

—  James Frazer, libro Il ramo d'oro

Origine: The Golden Bough (1890), Chapter 4, Magic and Religion.
Contesto: From the earliest times man has been engaged in a search for general rules whereby to turn the order of natural phenomena to his own advantage, and in the long search he has scraped together a great hoard of such maxims, some of them golden and some of them mere dross. The true or golden rules constitute the body of applied science which we call the arts; the false are magic.

„Small minds cannot grasp great ideas;“

—  James Frazer, libro Il ramo d'oro

Origine: The Golden Bough (1890), Chapter 4, Magic and Religion.
Contesto: Small minds cannot grasp great ideas; to their narrow comprehension, their purblind vision, nothing seems really great and important but themselves. Such minds hardly rise into religion at all.

„The heaviest calamity in English history, the breach with America, might never have occurred if George the Third had not been an honest dullard.“

—  James Frazer, libro Il ramo d'oro

Origine: The Golden Bough (1890), Chapter 3, Sympathetic Magic.
Contesto: But once a fool always a fool, and the greater the power in his hands the more disastrous is likely to be the use he makes of it. The heaviest calamity in English history, the breach with America, might never have occurred if George the Third had not been an honest dullard.

„For myth changes while custom remains constant;“

—  James Frazer, libro Il ramo d'oro

Origine: The Golden Bough (1890), Chapter 49, Ancient Deities of Vegetation as Animals.
Contesto: For myth changes while custom remains constant; men continue to do what their did before them, though the reasons on which their fathers acted have been long forgotten. The history of religion is a long attempt to reconcile old custom with new reason, to find a sound theory for an absurd practice.

„A Nootka wizard will make an image of a swimming fish and put it into the water in the direction from which the fish generally appear.“

—  James Frazer, libro Il ramo d'oro

Origine: The Golden Bough (1890), Chapter 3, Sympathetic Magic.
Contesto: The natives of British Columbia live largely upon the fish which abound in their seas and rivers. If the fish do not come in due season, and the Indians are hungry, A Nootka wizard will make an image of a swimming fish and put it into the water in the direction from which the fish generally appear. This ceremony, accompanied by a prayer to the fish to come, will cause them to arrive at once.

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