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The study of myths probably began in the 4th century BC when Euthemerus explained them as exaggerated adventures of historical individuals The allegorical interpretation of myths stemming from the 18th century study says that at one time myths were invented by wise men to point out a truth but after a time myths were taken literally The linguistic corruption interpretation says that myths could be understood as allegory for events found in nature The Jungians school denoted myths as a mechanism of wish fulfillment Sir James Frazer believed that all myths were originally connected with the idea of fertility in nature with birth death and resurrection of vegetation as a constantly recurring motif Though the modern interpretation of myths is not general but a specific explanation for myths of a single people The theological interpretation states that myths are foreshadowings of facts of the Scripture or corruptions of them This view which is not contemporarily popular is surprisingly enlightening when attention is paid to the meaning of names of characters and places in relation to Biblical stories Even recent fairy tales which fall into the category of myth often reveal through metaphor more truth in scripture than one would anticipate The most relevant and necessary topic for the understanding of the imagery and symbolism of myth is found in the framework of the celestial zodiac The pictures found today in the zodiac were not developed by the Greeks but were in place perhaps as early as 4000 BC predating even the civilizations of Sumaria The pictures were not arranged in haphazard order to aid in the tracking of the star movements but with order and purpose of depicting an epic narrative This understanding of the zodiac reveals an intelligence and scientific understanding that was corrupted through time The symbolism which remains can be analyzed to reveal the basic truth behind it The story of the sphinx is an excellent example
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