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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.
Longfellow modeled his poem on the Finnish epic Kavelala, conflated the Iroquoian Hiawatha with an Algonquian culture hero named Nanabozho, and from that point on Hiawatha was never the same.
At least in America, the age of the novelist as culture hero has largely passed.
Transmeta employs some of the most well-respected and colorful characters in the IT industry - including geek culture hero, Linus Torvalds.
Gerard Butler plays Kabel, a death row inmate who also plays in the violent multi-player game and who reluctantly becomes a pop culture hero.
If indeed Stagolee is a rebellious black culture hero, how sad that so much of his violence is directed against other black males and women rather than the underlying enemies.
Kirk, captain of the Starship Enterprise, operates as a pop culture hero who upholds the value of the human race in the cold darkness of zero gravity.
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I'll never be a culture hero anywhere," Naipaul tells Ian Hamilton in 1971, and to Charles Michener ten years on he notes that "England is the least educated country in Europe"; yet he is grateful to the country that gave him the freedom to write, and by 1987, talking to James Atlas, he seems almost complacent there.
Though the literary scholar may focus on the warm appreciation of Sterling Brown and the two strikingly original essays on Melville's Benito Cereno, the other essays are equally rewarding, from the first on slavery times "through the prism of folklore" on to nineteenth-century black nationalism, then to Paul Robeson as culture hero, and finally to the role of music in the Civil Rights Movement.
In spirit, Chandler and Jackson are one, the Osiris-Horus culture hero incarnate.
Star Lucy Lawless' character quickly emerged as a pop culture hero and feminist icon of the '90s.