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Death according to Frazer
"If we analyse the principles of thought on which magic is based, they will probably be found to resolve themselves into two: first, that like produces like, or that an effect resembles its cause; and, second, that things which have once been in contact with each other continue to act on each other at a distance after the physical contact has been severed." -Sir J. G. Frazer, The Golden Bough, ch. 3
In The Golden Bough, a seminal work of anthropology, Frazer presented a lengthy argument that the customs of primitive cultures developed due to belief in the two principles of sympathetic magic. The laws of similarity (like produces like) and contagion (once in contact, always in contact) are hinted at in the above quote.
Now, every culture was once a primitive culture. It follows that, if Frazer was right, remnants of those laws should exist in our cultural attitudes toward and customs concerning death. A brief examination will show that he was indeed right. Modern mankind, advanced as it may be, cannot escape its roots.
Law of Contagion and the Sanctity of the Human Corpse
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