Euhemerism



[yoo-hee-muh-riz-uh m, -hem-uh-] /yuˈhi məˌrɪz əm, -ˈhɛm ə-/

noun
1.
(often initial capital letter) the theory of that the mythologies of various gods arose out of the deification of dead heroes.
2.
the theory that mythology is derived from history.
/juːˈhiːməˌrɪzəm/
noun
1.
the theory that gods arose out of the deification of historical heroes
2.
any interpretation of myths that derives the gods from outstanding men and seeks the source of mythology in history
n.

1846, “the method of regarding myths as glorified accounts of actual events or persons,” from Euhemerus of Sicily (4c. B.C.E.), who wrote “Iera Anagraphe,” in which he maintained the Greek deities actually were historical mortals. His name is literally “good day,” from eu “well” (see eu-) + hemera “day” (see ephemera). Related: Euhemerist; euhemeristic.

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