My attitude is that I don't know, and for now it doesn't really matter for most of the 'mythological' stuff. I anticipate that I will be clearer about the truth of things as I develop wisdom on the path, or it is placed into its proper perspective.
That is not to say that one should not avail oneself of the diversity of opinion and scholarly interpretation in an attempt to better understand the Dhamma.
Just on the subject of alegory and metaphor in the suttas, I recommend two excellent essays by RF Gombrich in 'How Buddhism Began: the conditioned genesis of the early teachings, titled 'Debate, skill in means, allegory and literalism' and 'metaphor, allegory, satire'. They provide a thought provoking point of view.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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