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The Millennial New World$
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Frank Graziano

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195124323

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195124324.001.0001

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Return of the Cultural Hero

Return of the Cultural Hero

(p.172) 5 Return of the Cultural Hero
The Millennial New World

Frank Graziano (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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