This is a series of lectures and studies on the classic literary work, The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, by: Sir James G. Frazer
Study Course Lecture 01.01 - Book 01. Chapter 01 The King of the Wood
Lectures by: A. W. Finnegan
The Sacred Grove of Diana at Lake Nemi was the site of a recurring violent tragedy that put dark undercurrents of fear and terror through the otherwise peaceful, inhrently beautiful grove at the serene Lake which the Rex Nemorensis priesthood proceded in succession with rites of murder and bloodshed.
The question remains: Why and for what purpose?
...legends that traced their spilt blood to fables containing a deeper philosophy of the relation between the life of man to the life of nature, a sad philosophy which gave birth to tragic practice.
[with further discussion on Natural Law under the direction of religion and statism]
To follow this series in correct sequence, the order is as follows (additional links will be added as new sections come forth):