I have seen this word before on Wikipedia. Usage would be something like

Christians may believe in the story of Noah's Ark; but modern scholars have a _______ interpretation. Noah's Ark may have been a real flood that happened in 1000BC. Or something like this.

  • What's wrong with historical?
    – Xanne
    Oct 22, 2017 at 5:36
  • I'm looking Maybe my example doesn't capture the specificity of the word. Every religion is "historical" to some extent. This word means that followers took a historical event, and they turn it into religious myth by adding the supernatural.
    – Jay
    Oct 22, 2017 at 12:33

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Found the word: Euhemerism. The theory that mythology is derived from history.

You may downvote me now, but once this post is euhemerized I will be worshiped as a Stack Exchange deity; a Jon Skeet.


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