J.G. Frazer Discovers Taboo

posted Nov 17, 2012, 11:58 PM by Professor Katz   [ updated Nov 18, 2012, 12:48 AM ]

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William Robertson Smith (1846-94) influenced Frazer's life work in a very practical way.  Smith was one of the chief editors of the celebrated ninth edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, which was being published in alphabetical order from 1875-1889.  Smith met Frazer by the time they had reached the letter 'T', a fateful letter in the anthropologist's dictionary.  Brushing aside Frazer's objections that he really didn't know anything about the subject, Smith assigned him to write the articles on 'Taboo' and 'Totemism'.  The first article would be the embyronic draft of The Golden Bough; the second for his two works on totemism, the last of which would inspire Freud to make his own contribution to the field.

The books in question are, of course, J.G. Frazer, The Golden Bough (London, 18901, 19002, 1911-153); idem, Totemism (Edinburgh, 1887); idem, Totemism and Exogamy: A Treatise on Certain Early Forms of Superstition and Society (London, 1910); Sigmund Freud, Totem und Tabu (1913).

Read the Frazer's original articles on 'Taboo' and 'Totemism' attached below.

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Nov 18, 2012, 12:43 AM
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