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Hi again Eddie!

All right then, letīs call it storytelling. Anyway, "story" is the original meaning of the Greek word 'mythos'. The modern usage of the word "myth" has taken on connotations like "superstition", "lie", etc. So letīs drop it. "Story" is much better. Or tale, narrative, or saga (which is the term used here in Scandinavia where I live).

Yes, I know about the "David & Goliath" fight included in the so called "Autobiography of Sinuhe". This is an example of the way an old story may spring to life again, now in another surrounding. Of course the Egyptian(?)/Hebrew storytellers knew about Sinuhe when they told the biblical story about David and Goliath. In fact, this is an ageold theme, a young hero slaying a huge giant.

As I have already elaborated on, my point here is that actually all such stories go back to the "lore of the stars", simply because - as Iīve already discussed a lot - thereīs a basic "astral" pattern permeating all life. "Weīre all made of stars", sings Moby.

So, no matter what humans do, itīs already there, "in the stars". Iīve pointed this out in these discussions because I think it is important to recognize and not overlook it in this research on ancient stories - whether Egyptian, Mesopotamian, or Hebrew.

Of course, thereīs much to a story. It may be understood on several levels. Thereīs the outer level, the literate interpretation, which may be intentionally designed to pose as an historical account, however fictive it is. On that level a story may easily be used to deceive ignorant listeners/readers or to glorify oneīs nation or a national hero, and so forth.

But thereīs also an inner core to a good story, giving it a symbolic meaning reflecting some truth that lies at the heart of all existence. Thatīs the part of the story that should be "believed" - the truth of the "myth" - while the outer literal interpretation level is more like a "travellerīs tale" or a "sailorīs yarn" - and is best left unbelieved. Although, of course, it may be shown to be patterned on certain historical events, maybe in another setting, like Hebrew tales reflecting ancient Egyptian history, and so forth, which is highly interesting.

Best regards, Helge

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