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Are the Nowadays Show-Business Superstars Heroes?

Author(s): Grigor Grigorov
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The idea that the admiration of the heroes is quasi-religious is commonplace in the new European science – it can be found implicitly or explicitly in the works of Giambattista Vico, Thomas Carlyle, Gustav Le Bon, Sigmund Freud. Can admiration of the modern show-business superstars be understood as quasi-religious too? Answering this question, the paper suggests that over the similitude an important difference should be outlined: the hero-worship is shaped by analogy with the religious cult, while the superstar’s cult – by analogy with idolatry.

  • Issue Year: XXXV/2009
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 051-057
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Bulgarian