James George Frazer

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1854 – 1941

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Who was James George Frazer?

Sir James George Frazer OM FRS FRSE FBA, was a Scottish social anthropologist influential in the early stages of the modern studies of mythology and comparative religion. He is often considered one of the founding fathers of modern anthropology.

His most famous work, The Golden Bough, documents and details the similarities among magical and religious beliefs around the globe. Frazer posited that human belief progressed through three stages: primitive magic, replaced by religion, in turn replaced by science.

He is buried at the Parish of the Ascension Burial Ground in Cambridge. His wife Lilly died the day after him on 8 May 1941 and they are buried next to each other.

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Born
Jan 1, 1854
Glasgow
Also known as
  • James George Frazer
  • Sir Frazer
  • James G. Frazer
  • Sir James George Frazer
  • James Frazer
Ethnicity
  • Scottish people
Nationality
  • Scotland
Profession
Education
  • Trinity College, Cambridge
  • University of Glasgow
Lived in
  • Glasgow
Died
May 7, 1941
Cambridge

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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