A world off limits

Fraser’s book caused an uproar. In the Golden Bough, he¬†analyzed magic and religion, exposing common themes beneath old tales and myths. And mixed in with wild pagan superstitions were the truths of the bible. He later moved Jesus to an appendix and removed him altogether from the single volume, abridged edition.

That talisman, the golden bough, let Aeneas examine the world of spirits and return unharmed but it proved inadequate for Fraser. He could visit some of the spiritual world but some was off limits. It was still alive and wanted to stay that way.

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