“The Golden Bough” by Sir James George Frazer

I just finished reading the full, unabridged 12 volume set .

“The Golden Bough” by Sir James George Frazer is a really interesting book because he looks at beliefs from all over the world. No matter where your ancestors come from, he shows that we all had similar beliefs and superstitions. It’s not just about one culture or place; he covers Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific. So, no one can say their beliefs are better or worse. It’s cool to see how people from different parts of the world shared similar ideas about life and the unknown. Frazer’s book makes you realize that, deep down, we’re all kind of the same when it comes to our beliefs.

I found a clear message: superstition, and the associated religious practices, has hindered human progress more than anything else. What stood out to me was the universal aspect of belief among different races and peoples, showcasing a shared human tendency to cope with the mysteries of the natural world through myths and rituals.


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