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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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