- culture hero
1. : a legendary figure variously represented as a beast, bird, man, or demigod to whom a people attributes the factors that appear most essential to its existence and culture (as important inventions, the overcoming of major obstacles, the exercise of divine leadership, and the origin of itself, mankind, natural phenomena, or the world)2. : one that symbolizes the ideal of a people or a group
* * *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.
* * *culture hero,Anthropology. any mythical hero of folklore and legend who is believed to be responsible for man's condition, advancement, and culture.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.