FRAZER, Sir James George


FRAZER, Sir James George
(1854-1941)
   a British lawyer influenced by William Robertson SMITH who became the first ever professor of SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY at the University of Liverpool, England in 1907. He quickly retired from this post and devoted his life to writing. Although a prolific writer his "anthropology" was decidedly the "armchair" variety based on interpretations of works by MISSIONARIES, traders and travellers which tended to take BELIEFS and practices totally out of their social and historical context to create a grand theory. His influence on the development of COMPARATIVE RELIGION and popular religious ideas was considerable as can be seen by the continuing popularity of his major work The Golden Bough (published in twelve volumes between 1890 and 1915) which attempts to show underlying themes common to all religions. His other works include
   Folklore of the Old Testament (1918) and The Fear of Death in Primitive Religion (1933-1936). Today his work remains popular with the public but has little scholarly value.

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