Hero worship traditionally takes the form of eulogizing literature, very often poems and sagas. Among primitive tribes these poems are oral; in more sophisticated society they are written and may be disseminated widely as a means of propaganda. After the 1917 Russian Revolution, Lenin was regarded as a hero; as in more recent times were Mao Tse Tung and Che Guevara.
In Japanese society there are certain characteristics of heroes. They are often of noble birth and endowed with charismatic qualities, they contribute to the general good of the nation or society, they often incur official disfavour, they meet death with calm resignation for the sake of glory, and they often leave behind farewell poems.