I can't give you a comprehensive answer, but there must be an evolutionary advantage to it. We don't know whether the Neanderthal told each other stories; they're not around anymore. Homo Sapiens, a story-loving creature, has supplanted or absorbed all other human species on Earth.
It seems to me that human language organizes itself around some form of storytelling and so, given the need to make sense of the world and fill the gaps of knowledge, people began to shape their intuitions into vague but poetic explanations of the world. Explanations that featured characters from a world before time, like the raven who created the first people, or the tree of knowledge with a dragon coiled around its roots. Metaphor came into being before it even had a name.
Our ancestors lived in a world rife with magic and danger. It was an enchanted world, one in which invisible forces could be petitioned -- and even threatened! -- to guarantee a good hunt or a bountiful harvest.
We no longer rely on gods or demons or numinous spirits to get us what we want, but the need for enchantment and wonder remains, and this is where art comes in.
|My Life I Like|
by Lockheed jun mao