Anyway, I looked this one up too, and heís a professor at least and sounds like he knows what heís talking about, and no fashy stuff yet. Fascinating stuff about how stories and concepts last so long and spread so far - eg in one he talks about how thereís a common myth among various North American Indian tribes which has a huge amount of similarities to the myth of orpheus in the underworld - leading to the hypothesis that they both came from an original in Siberia about 20,000 years ago. Some of this sort of probabilistic backwards analysis of language is a bit speculative for some I guess, but itís all academic work with sources and that if that helps.
Either way, I find it sort of charming that when they do trace back to find the original stories that lead to so many grandiose religious and cultural traditions across the world, ultimately they often come from stories about cattle being stolen and then getting them back (and a bit later how this means god said weíre allowed to pinch your cattle)
(can't remember which one the bit about orpheus was in (might be above or one of his others)