Spring 2020 Covid19 Update
We at Golden Bough are grateful to remain open for orders during these uncertain and trying times.
We know the value of spending time out doors, planting, cultivating and connecting to the land around you. We hope that our Trees will bring the usual excitement but also a little extra peace and happiness as you plant and tend to them this season.
We are working hard at Golden Bough to ensure the health and safety of our customers, staff and Trees. With a reduced workforce, we ask for your patience as we navigate these changes.
To our valued Customers, Thank you.
We wish you a happy, healthy Spring and look forward to welcoming you back onto our farm in the future.
- Golden Bough Team
The Golden Bough
Sir James Frazer's dense 12-volume masterpiece, The Golden Bough, still forms a cornerstone of social anthropology. Starting from a grove sacred to Diana, south of Rome, the good professor's lifetime study led him to conclude that our ancestors believed in magic as a means of controlling or mitigating elemental forces. These systems of faith began, at least in part, with a reverance for trees. This, in turn, led to religious beliefs in which tribal gods and spirits were propiated by shamans attuned to the emotional needs and fears of their people. To Frazer, the logical third stage in this process was scientific thought. As Robert Temple explains in his Illustrated Golden Bough (an attractive modern abridgement to the original) Frazer's "work made clear for the first time (around 1900) that matters of human belief are important, not so much for their content, as for their psychological significance."