What noun in English is the best for describing the essence of a long-lasting memory that some person (e.g. spiritual leader or famous musician) leaves after himself? Is it perpetuation, or commemoration, or maybe heritage, or record, or some other word? I know the word notoriety meaning ill fame, but I don’t know any word for the good one.
something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past (m-w)
"To leave a legacy" is a common way to refer to an individual having a great impact on future generations. Unqualified it connotes a positive impact, but it can be modified with a negative term (like "legacy of conflict") to refer to a negative impact as well.
"immortality" comes to mind. In addition to "the quality or state of being immortal" it also means:
- He found immortality through his films.
- Some people want to achieve immortality through their works.