Before I ever heard of Peter Parker, I met a much trickier man. I remember how real he seemed. His cunning and wit, his selfishness and helpfulness, his comeuppances, his curses, and his gifts. He gave as often as he took, reminding me a few real people I knew. He went by a few names, but the one I best recall is Anansi.
Understanding myth means exploring those individuals who first used them. These would be classic, in the ancient sense, such as Plato, Socrates, and so on. The ancient Greek for myth is muthos which translates to “true story.” This is somewhat different from the modern context of myths as things needing debunking. Now, myths seem to indicate a level of falsehood.