Forensically reconstructing mnemonic devices in mythology via averaging

As mentioned in Lynn Kelly’s Memory Craft, traditional stories shouldn’t be taken literally.
But reconstructing the meaning behind old folklore/religion/stories seems pretty difficult if the meaning behind the mnemonic devices is lost.

If we take a page like:

…and average it all out, can we find original meaning?

Who has memorized many of these stories across cultures to try to dig out new knowledge from old sources?

What to search for on this?

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