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culture hero

noun
1.
a mythical or mythicized historical figure who embodies the aspirations or ideals of a society.
2.
a mythical figure considered by a people to have furnished it the means of existence or survival, as by inventing their alphabet, teaching them husbandry, or stealing fire from the gods for them.
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  • Often in the mythologies this ultimate rational element was ascribed to the teaching of a god or a culture hero.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • We have shown that Palamedes was not originally an Achaean of the Achaeans, but a culture hero.

    The World of Homer Andrew Lang
  • Viracocha was the culture hero of the ancient Aymara-Quichua stock.

    The Myths of the New World Daniel G. Brinton
  • There were songs of the culture hero, songs of burial and feast, and of labour.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang

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