James George Frazer's The Golden Bough: A Critical Appreciation


  • Fritz Muntean University of British Columbia




There is a lake near Rome known as 'The Mirror of Diana'. An ancient volcanic crater, the lake is perfectly round and almost completely enclosed by steep wooded slopes. Lake Nemi and its surrounding forest, in our age, is a heavily numinous landscape still.


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How to Cite

Muntean, F. (1998). James George Frazer’s The Golden Bough: A Critical Appreciation. Pomegranate, 3(Winter), 28–39. https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v13i3.28