culture hero

noun

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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“Culture hero.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/culture%20hero. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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