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 (yo͞o-hē′mə-rĭz′əm, -hĕm′ə-)
A theory attributing the origin of the gods to the deification of historical heroes.

[After Euhemerus, fourth-century bc Greek philosopher.]

eu·he′mer·ist n.
eu·he′mer·is′tic adj.
eu·he′mer·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
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fantasy the limits of mimetic art and the euhemeristic reading of myth
could lead us to the parallels with Euhemeristic and Hermetic texts, even to Marquez.
He demonstrates how pagan myth might have given way to Germanic legend in a reverse euhemeristic move.