culture hero

noun

Definition of culture hero 

1 : a legendary figure variously represented as a beast, bird, human, or demigod to whom a people attributes the factors that appear most essential to its existence and culture (such as important inventions, the overcoming of major obstacles, the exercise of divine leadership, and the origin of itself, humankind, natural phenomena, or the world)

2 : one that symbolizes the ideal of a people or a group

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