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Title: Hero
Contributor(s): Ryan, John Sprott  (author)
Publication Date: 2006
DOI: 10.1336/0313328471
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Abstract: Worldwide, all heroes depend on their central place in a particular culture or society and on sympathetic treatment in myth and story for their appeal in a particularized time or even long before it. Those story-generating figures that appear early in culture history are deemed to be responsible for the life designs at a society's core, while most scholars, in analyzing such figures, have seen them as meaningfully expressing those designs. This hitherto perennial concept, on traditionally involving notions leadership and praiseworthy example, has experienced a profound decline - or at least a number of significant changes - since ancient times, as it moves from cultural force to folk hero to popular idol.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife, v.1: Topics and Themes, Africa, Australia and Oceania, p. 44-47
Publisher: Greenwood Press
Place of Publication: Westport, United States of America
ISBN: 031332848X
Field of Research (FOR): 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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