Look at the linked picture. He's not using his neck to make those babies.
You mean like the Xtian dove? Not in the Leda story. In that story, Zeus takes the form of a swan, because Leda finds them attractive.It is a majestic white bird. It is thus symbolic of a potent spiritual and unconscious content that comes down from "heaven" to impregnate the temporal realm.
They were not thoughts she produced: they were Castor and Pollux, who grew up to be heroes and Helen and Clytaemnestra, who grew up to make a world lot of trouble for their menfolk.We do not produce every content in our mind deliberately and consciously, but it comes flying into our head, like a divine thought or idea
In which case, maybe we should also bring up Oedipus and Jocasta, but let's not. The ancient Greeks were familiar with, and frank about, the facts of life. Zeus did his fructifying in the flesh - some kind of flesh, except for the shower of gold, that was a tricky locked-room mystery - and not by proxy: "Hi. I am an angel sent of the Lord. Congratulations, you're gonna have a baby!"In Christian theology this concept is continued in the spiritual impregnation of Mary--the Mother of God.
What Zeus was thinking, Jesus, poor lamb, never got a chance to discover.It is the same theme as the concept of the Holy Spirit entering our heart, where he whispers to us the thoughts of Jesus--what he is thinking right now
Everything humans say expresses something human - what else could it express? I have no problem with mythology or poetry or fiction. Telling stories is fun and instructive. Holding such stories up it up for awe and reverence, thousand of years past their expiration date, is silly.Burning Ghost -- All content no exception seems a tad extreme to me. At the same time it does appear you’re willing to except that religious mythos expresses something human though - I call that sort of content serious not silly.
I mean, consider that blather just above here.
Okay, bring your example of a fable, or as many as you like, involving the supernatural, and I'll show you what I mean by separating the superstition from the reality-content.An example would be in how various fables appear as superstituous nonsense only if you wish to look upon all the content as being superstitious nonsense. Stories that express human emotions and talk of sacrifice don’t really seem “supernatural” to me either.
Unless it would try your fragile patience too far.