Re: The Golden Bough by Frazer - a question

John Henry Kieschnick (kiesch@leland.Stanford.EDU)
15 Jan 1995 09:57:36 -0800

>In article <TVALKONE.95Jan10223752@klaava.Helsinki.FI>,
>tvalkone@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Tero M Valkonen) wrote:
>> I recently bought James Frazer's The Golden Bough, because I'd
>> known it had influenced some quite important writers (Eliot,
>> Pound), and because it cost almost nothing. Now, I'm interested
>> to know how this book is regarded today. Is it completely
>> invalid, scientifically, is it still appreciated, or what?

I'm in the middle of a recent Chinese book on religion in southeastern
China. The author frequently makes reference to the _Golden Bough_
which has been translated into Chinese. In other words, the book
continues to be influential in China, though, as others have said,
no one in the West ever cites it anymore, unless they are discussing
the history of religious studies, or nineteenth century thought.

My question is, does anyone work on totemism anymore? Is there a
definitive work on totemism completed in the last twenty years or so?

John Kieschnick
Dept of Asian Languages