Excerpt from Understanding Mythology And Superstition
If we go beyond the apparent absurdity of this story one may find a deep allegorical significance. [….]
One may wonder: why such abstruse stories to explain philosophical ideas? Two reasons are probable. It is a way of communicating subtle truths to the uneducated. Besides, it is valuable for intellectuals, too, for to them, these stories serve as a tool for reflection. Only through reflection can knowledge dawn. The startling and bizarre stories make one wonder what they could possibly mean. This forces one to think and with thinking, wisdom dawns.
The trouble is that even the most bizarre stories are taken at face value and believed. And that is a fertile ground for the creation of superstitions. The sublime message is lost and irrationality is developed. The myths contain a message and the message is lost in the labyrinth of ‘beliefs’.