Frazer’s theory of religion and of myth and ritual is confusing in many ways, especially for euhemerism. In a further confusion, Frazer actually presents two versions of myth-ritualism and fails to disentangle them. In the first version, the myth provides the biography of the god of vegetation, and the ritual enacts it. In Frazer’s second version of myth-ritualism, the king is central. Yet Osiris alone is considered by J. G. Frazer to have been a king as well as a god: Reigning as a king on earth, Osiris reclaimed the Egyptians from savagery, gave them laws, and taught them to worship the gods. When Frazer turns to the myths of his other main gods of vegetation, he does not have the convenience of an annual event to tout. Many others have actually tied Jesus to Osiris. But Frazer is more struck by the thematic similarities.
|Title of host publication||Euhemerism and Its Uses|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Mortal Gods|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Mar 2021|