James George Frazer
Sir James George Frazer (1 January 1854, Glasgow, Scotland – 7 May 1941, Cambridge), a Scottish social anthropologist, was one of the precursors of modern cultural anthropology. His principal work, The Golden Bough, first published in 1890 and reissued with enlargements in 12 volumes between 1907 and 1915, was an elaborate study of magical and religious beliefs, their origins and their place in the comparative history of religion.
- Frazer, James George, Chapter III: Sympathetic Magic; 1. The Principles of Magic, The Golden Bough: A study of magic and religion, Project Gutenberg