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We should format the list to look like the one in trickster...
I'm a big fan of Jesus and all, but does he really count as a culture hero? I think that's stretching the category a bit. Bacchiad 10:31, 17 Jul 2004 (UTC)
- I agree with you. According to the definition given in the article, I would not count him as a cultural hero. --zeno 16:39, 10 September 2005 (UTC)
First usage/important writers on the topic
Could anyone update the article with information regarding prominent theorists on this topic? It seems prima facie to be a useful notion, but, alas, rather difficult to use, owing to the very sparse description in this article.
Why isn't Enki a culture Hero in the Mesopotamian section? He was the god of crafts, saved humanity form other gods, and created humanity. He is very much like Prometheus. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 08:04, 16 December 2008 (UTC)
The article lists Ilmarinen as being THE culture hero of the Finns. I don't know about the real cultural impact and popularity of Kalevala characters, but from reading Lonnrot's compilation, I have to conclude that much greater importance is accorded to Väinamoinen or Lemminkäinen... so why is Ilmarinen noted ther, and neither of the other two? --Svartalf 12:21, 26 July 2006 (UTC)
- The best thing to do would be to move the list to a separate article called "list of culture heroes", while keeping the introduction in this article, and perhaps add a few more sections of text. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 14:55, 11 October 2009 (UTC)
English and Welsh/Irish
This concept should be attributed to whoever came up with it.
"Culture hero" is by no means a universal or self-evident category, and my guess is it traces back to some particular writer like Robert Graves or Carl Jung.
Is it really saying anything different from "legendary hero" or "mythic hero"?
In general the mythology articles on Wikipedia would do better to stay away from sophistic explanations of myths, which come and go with the regularity of the seasons, and focus more on simply summarizing the myths and their variants using primary sources.