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The study of myths probably began in the 4th century BC when Euthemerus explainedthem as exaggerated adventures of historical individuals The allegorical interpretation ofmyths 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 linguisticcorruption interpretation says that myths could be understood as allegory for events found innature The Jungians school denoted myths as a mechanism of wish fulfillment Sir JamesFrazer believed that all myths were originally connected with the idea of fertility in naturewith birth death and resurrection of vegetation as a constantly recurring motif Though themodern interpretation of myths is not general but a specific explanation for myths of a singlepeople The theological interpretation states that myths are foreshadowings of facts of theScripture or corruptions of them This view which is not contemporarily popular issurprisingly enlightening when attention is paid to the meaning of names of characters andplaces in relation to Biblical stories Even recent fairy tales which fall into the category ofmyth often reveal through metaphor more truth in scripture than one would anticipateThe most relevant and necessary topic for the understanding of the imagery andsymbolism of myth is found in the framework of the celestial zodiac The pictures foundtoday in the zodiac were not developed by the Greeks but were in place perhaps as early as4000 BC predating even the civilizations of Sumaria The pictures were not arranged inhaphazard order to aid in the tracking of the star movements but with order and purpose ofdepicting an epic narrative This understanding of the zodiac reveals an intelligence andscientific understanding that was corrupted through time The symbolism which remains canbe analyzed to reveal the basic truth behind it The story of the sphinx is an excellent example of the zodiac myth connection Thesphinx a composite creature with the head of a woman or man and the body of
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