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The Riddle of the SphinxThe study of myths probably began in the 4th century BC when Euthemerusexplainedthem as exaggerated adventures of historical individuals The allegoricalinterpretation ofmyths stemming from the 18th century study says that at one time mythswere invented by wise men to point out a truth but after a time myths were taken literallyThe linguisticcorruption interpretation says that myths could be understood as allegoryfor events found innature The Jungians school denoted myths as a mechanism of wish fulfillmentSir JamesFrazer believed that all myths were originally connected with the idea offertility in naturewith birth death and resurrection of vegetation as a constantly recurringmotif Though themodern interpretation of myths is not general but a specific explanationfor myths of a singlepeople The theological interpretation states that myths are foreshadowingsof facts of theScripture or corruptions of them This view which is not contemporarilypopular issurprisingly enlightening when attention is paid to the meaning of namesof characters andplaces in relation to Biblical stories Even recent fairy tales which fallinto the category ofmyth often reveal through metaphor more truth in scripture than one wouldanticipateThe most relevant and necessary topic for the understanding of the imageryandsymbolism of myth is found in the framework of the celestial zodiac Thepictures foundtoday in the zodiac were not developed by the Greeks but were in place perhapsas early as4000 BC predating even the civilizations of Sumaria The pictures werenot arranged inhaphazard order to aid in the tracking of the star movements but with orderand purpose ofdepicting an epic narrative This understanding of the zodiac reveals anintelligence andscientific understanding that was corrupted through time The symbolismwhich remains canbe analyzed to reveal the basic truth behind itThe story of the sphinx is an excellent example of the zodiac myth connectionThesphinx a composite creature with the head of a woman or man and the bodyof a lion wasassociated with the guarding of sacred sites of antiquity It representedthe whole of thenarrative of the zodiac with
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