As in Illuminated Manuscripts, mythic structures are preserved. It is in the act of writing stories, codified within the context in which they were written, that gives an appearance of permanence, slowing down that rate of inevitable change.
As Joseph Campbell had described, "these myths are beautiful stories that are meant to be understood as a metaphor for ones experience in the world. They are different perceptions of the same phenomena."
Myths are captured by words and thus can be dangerous. One is captured in the sense that their story is the only story that matters. These are birds in cages.