Anonymous asked: Greetings! Thank you for being such a dedicated and knowledgeable blog for writers. I’m currently building a world and I have a question. My world contains creatures from Celtic folklore. I’m using a very loose interpretation. For example, the vampires in their legends are female demons who seduce men for their blood. If I wished to make them more empathetic, have them exist in every gender, and perhaps make them mortal, would it be offensive to people of that culture/even allowed? (I’m Irish)
No, that would be fine. Although some elements of Celtic culture are still alive in the modern world, the Celts as a race or ethnic group no longer exist. So, just as you can take liberties with Egyptian, Greek, Roman, or Norse mythology, you can take liberties with Celtic mythology, too. This is especially true when you’re writing in a fantasy world and are loosely basing your world’s mythology on these other myths. The only time you need to be careful is when the elements belong to an active ethnic group or culture. So, if you were using Aleut legends, for example, you would need to worry about cultural appropriation unless you were Aleut yourself.
And thanks—I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog! :)