The Golden Bough

The Golden Bough is a wide-ranging, comparative study of mythology and religion. More specifically, The Golden Bough is a study of the Magic that underlies all religious narratives.

The Golden Bough defines the shared elements of religious belief and scientific thought, discussing fertility rites, human sacrifice, the dying god, the scapegoat, and many other symbols and practices whose influences had extended into the 20th-century culture. Mankind progresses from magic through religious belief to scientific thought.