The Greek myth of Persephone and the Pomegranate seeds is a means of communicating the seeming death of Nature in Winter - where Persephone spent three months in the Underworld - before returning to Demeter for the remaining nine months of each year.
The Ancient Egyptian myth of Osiris' body being chopped into 14 pieces, only to be restored to a 'whole' in fourteen days by Isis is a means of communicating the lunar cycle as it waxes and wanes.
You can see how humankind's attempt to make sense of their world is expressed through narrative which sometimes then forms into an expression of religious belief: the mythological narratives are, to my mind, the set of principles or 'scientific understanding' that must not be forgotten and which must be handed down from one generation to the next, because the stories of these characters expresses certain ideas about the world and our place in it. Hence why they are so 'revered'. The myths themselves are the 'gods'.
Post Edited (07-Jun-14 12:23)