Stephanie W. Jamison, The Ravenous Hyenas and the Wounded Sun: Myth and Ritual in Ancient
(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991), p. 39:
I assume that the language in which a myth is told is an integral part of the telling, not
a gauzy verbal garment that can be removed without damage to the real meaning of
the myth. The clues to contemporary understanding of myth often lie in its vocabulary
and phraseology, which have complex and suggestive relationships with similar
vocabulary and phraseology elsewhere. Examining other instances of the same words
and phrases will often allow us to see these associations.
I think this is probably true of all mythology: that the verbal expression is of
major importance and that abstracting themes or archetypes or patterns from their
verbal expression does violence to the 'meaning' of the myth.