Early Man most certainly would have been completely baffled by the world around him, and would have sought to make sense of different phenomena, such as Lightening & Thunder, Rain & Drought, Day & Night, Birth & Death. It was the experience of Mystery, mingled with a little Fear, than gave birth to Religion.
Through Mythology, he sought to understand his environment, the Nature of this World and even the Existence of God and it would be foolhardy to think of such tales as a product of some playwright's overactive imagination.
Indeed there is a wealth of knowledge hidden in each of these (so called) myths which can shed a great deal of light on the Beliefs of a bygone Era as well as reveal the Scientific insights and accomplishments that the ancients had achieved.
At its core, Hinduism believes in One Supreme God Who manifests Himself as many in order to Create, Preserve and ultimately Annihilate the Creation. The Supreme Brahman is beyond concepts and images anyway and from this attitude comes great Tolerance and Inclusiveness which is the characteristic of Hinduism.
In the words of Andrew Harvey, religious author and advocate of Sacred Activism,
"In the family of religions, Hinduism is the wise old all-knowing mother. Its sacred books, theVedas, claim, 'Truth is one, but sages call it by different names.' Which other religion has its God say as Krishna does in the Bhagvad Geeta, 'All paths lead to Me'.
If only the monotheistic 'book' religions had learn that lesson, all the horror of History's religious wars could have been avoided!"
The time when haunting songs of Apsaras echoed across emerald seas and the dark forests were inhabited by Yakshas and Gandharvs. When snow-white Unicorns galloped on gossamer clouds watched by Kinnars and Kimpurushs from Himalayan mountain-sides. Let us Re-live these times again and Begin at the Beginning.