Sunday, February 24, 2013

Culture heroes

culture heroes are real and imagined figures viewed as saviors or idols whose deeds and accomplishments give their constituencies hope, entertainment, or narrative prompts to express communal values and interests. John de Conqueror (also known as Jack), Stagolee, Shine, and John Henry are four of the more prominent culture heroes. The rabbit was an especially popular hero in black folk culture who was likely based on the Signifying Monkey. As Zora Neale Hurston noted, "the trickster-hero of West Africa has been transplanted to America."   


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