Culture Heroes Change The World.

“Cockfighting is an Individual Liberty” – UNOFC Principle #3

The Great Peacemaker

Sometimes referred to as Deganawida or Dekanawida was, along with Hiawatha, by tradition the founder of the Haudenosaunee, commonly called the Iroquois Confederacy, a political and cultural union of several Native American tribes residing in the present-day state of New York.

Hiawatha

A legendary Native American leader and founder of the Iroquois confederacy. Depending on the version of the narrative, Hiawatha lived in the 16th century and was a leader of the Onondaga or the Mohawk.

Chief Seattle

A Dkhw’Duw’Absh (Duwamish) chief ( c. 1780 – June 7, 1866), also known as Sealth, Seathle, Seathl, or See-ahth. A prominent figure among his people, he pursued a path of accommodation to white settlers, forming a personal relationship with David Swinson “Doc” Maynard. The city of Seattle, in the U.S. state of Washington, was named after him. A widely publicized speech arguing in favor of ecological responsibility and respect of native Americans’ land rights has been attributed to him.

“Cockfighting As A Religion” – UNOFC Principle #1

Culture Hero

Aa mythological hero specific to some group (cultural, ethnic, religious, etc.) who changes the world through invention or discovery. A typical culture hero might be credited as the discoverer of fire, agriculture, songs, tradition, law or religion, and is usually the most important legendary figure of a people, sometimes as the founder of its ruling dynasty.

In some cultures, there are dualistic myths, featuring two culture heroes arranging the world in a complementary manner. Dualistic cosmologies are present in all inhabited continents and show great diversity: they may feature culture heroes, but also demiurges (exemplifying dualistic creation myths in the latter case), or other beings; the two heroes may compete or collaborate; they may be conceived as neutral or contrasted as good versus evil; be of the same importance or distinguished as powerful versus weak; be brothers (even twins) or be not relatives at all.

In many cultures, particularly, the mythical figure of the trickster and the culture hero are combined. To illustrate, Prometheus, in Greek mythology, stole fire from the gods to give it to humans.

In many Native American mythologies and beliefs, the coyote spirit stole fire from the gods (or stars or sun) and is more of a trickster than a culture hero. Natives from the Southeastern United States typically saw a rabbit trickster / culture hero, and Pacific Northwest native stories often feature a raven in this role: in some stories, Raven steals fire from his uncle Beaver and eventually gives it to humans. The Western African trickster spider Ananse is also widely disseminated.

Illustration from the Kalevala, by Akseli Gallen-Kallela 1896. Showing Väinämöinen with a sword, defending the Sampo from Louhi.
Illustration from the Kalevala, by Akseli Gallen-Kallela 1896. Showing Väinämöinen with a sword, defending the Sampo from Louhi.
Bronze statue of Ōkuninushi in Izumo-taisha
Bronze statue of Ōkuninushi in Izumo-taisha
Quetzalcoatl as depicted in the Codex Telleriano-Remensis
Quetzalcoatl as depicted in the Codex Telleriano-Remensis
Viracocha
Viracocha

Abenaki mythology

Australian Aboriginal mythology

Abrahamic religions
(Judaism,
Christianity,
Islam)

Armenian mythology

Ashanti mythology

Aztec mythology

Banks Islands mythology

Caroline Islands mythology

Celtic mythology
(Irish,
Welsh)

Chinese mythology

Egyptian mythology

English mythology

Etruscan mythology

Finnish mythology

Greek mythology

Hungarian mythology

Inca mythology

Indian mythology

Ho-Chunk mythology

Inuit mythology

Japanese mythology

Lakota mythology

Māori mythology

Maya mythology

Mesopotamian mythology

Navajo mythology

Norse mythology

Ohlone mythology

Ojibwe mythology

Persian mythology

Polynesian mythology

Roman mythology

Serbian mythology

Slavic mythology

Solomon Islands mythology

Mythology of the United States

Ute mythology

Vietnamese mythology

Weenhayek mythology

Zuni mythology

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