The Reason That Many Myths Are True

The term “myth” has become a synonym for “lie” but the fact is many myths are actually true. Or, as mythology expert Joseph Campbell would put it, a myth can be truer than fact. The reason for this is that myths convey beliefs, values and conceptual ideas through icons, emblems and symbols.

Myths are representative. They stand for something. And the things they stand for often cannot be communicated through simple statements of fact. An example here will help to clarify.