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Return of the Cultural Hero

Frank Graziano

in The Millennial New World

Published in print December 1999 | ISBN: 9780195124323
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784561 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195124324.003.0006
 Return of the Cultural Hero

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This chapter studies how the death of heroes is undone in myths through resurrection, reconstitution, reawakening, mistaken or assumed identity, exile or hiding, ascension into heaven, mysterious disappearance-reappearance, and other representations that acknowledge absence but deny death. Following a general discussion, the case studies include the Aztec deity Quetzalcóatl in his relation to Saint Thomas, the Andean myth of Inkarrí, and colonial and modern versions of the hero as Son of the Sun.

Keywords: hero; Aztec; Quetzalcóatl; Saint Thomas; Inca; Inkarrí; Andes; Sendero Luminoso; Son of the Sun; Juan Santos Atahualpa

Chapter.  17429 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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