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culture hero

A person, either real or mythical, who embodies or is seen as the foundation of the cultural values or achievements of a society, group of people, or period of time. Karl Marx became both a villain to those opposed to Communist ideology and a culture hero for those who embraced the ideals of Socialism. Mythical figures such as Cúchulainn and historical figures like Brian Boru have long been held as culture heroes in Ireland.
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The most recent and yet overwhelmingly influential culture hero carries such values or ideals as aspirations, hard work, achievement, social recognition, and patriotism.
In conclusion it is clear that a culture hero was important to the Montagnais.
Ho observes that African American teenagers have been attracted to Asian martial arts since the appearance of Bruce Lee, an Asian culture hero, in 1973.
Sahlins is a sensitive reader of myth, especially regarding the Attic culture hero, Theseus, and succession of power by daughters' husbands.
An Iroquoian culture hero, he converted to the cause of Deganawida, another culture hero who had taken on as his mission no less than the cessation of feuding among Mohawk, Seneca, Oneida, and others.
118), where he has remained as a wonderfully puzzling, paradoxical culture hero every since.
One would be interested in Buhle's analysis of the Mel Brooks movie, musical and cultural phenomenon that is named for and ambivalently celebrates this Jewish culture hero.
Wenger describes how Jews tried literally to "sculpt" a Jewish-American culture hero in Haym Salomon, the financier who probably helped raise money for George Washington.
The Blondie singer said: "Logically speaking, I should probably choose the New York Fire Department or Mayor Rudi Giuliani but I think I would rather stick with a culture hero.
Evidence of widely shared cultural traditions is provided by two papers relating to Sawerigading, the great culture hero of Luwu', variants of whose story are found all over Sulawesi.
Russell sees Henry as a "more interesting if also far more perplexing figure than the uncomplicated culture hero of the mythmakers" (3).
At least in America, the age of the novelist as culture hero has largely passed.
Anishinaabeg legend tells how Nanaboozhoo, our culture hero, was introduced to rice:
Transmeta employs some of the most well-respected and colorful characters in the IT industry - including geek culture hero, Linus Torvalds.
Triptolemus' status as an Athenian culture hero had obvious appeal to Milton who had an enduring interest in high culture and in political freedom.