- (often initial capital letter) the theory of Euhemerus that the mythologies of various gods arose out of the deification of dead heroes.
- the theory that mythology is derived from history.
Origin of euhemerism
Examples from the Web for euhemerism
In the philosophy of Mr. Herbert Spencer we find a pure Euhemerism.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
The Euhemerism of this is hardly like the wonder-loving Jones.British Goblins
This rationalizing method of interpretation is known as Euhemerism.
In suggesting this view, we are not opening the door to Euhemerism.Myths and Myth-Makers
Deification and euhemerism are equally natural to the Chinese.
- the theory that gods arose out of the deification of historical heroes
- any interpretation of myths that derives the gods from outstanding men and seeks the source of mythology in history
Word Origin and History for euhemerism
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.