One comment on “A Snark is a Blok is a Rabbit

  1. Fair enough, if you are only dealing with European mythology. But look at it from the other side. If you have a large, vaguely reptilian, carnivorous creature with really bad breath, and let’s say it has vestigial wings from an earlier evolutionary phase, we’d call it a dragon, of course. But we’d want to kill it straight away. Dragons are bad news. Unless you are Chinese. In Chinese mythology dragons are wise and benevolent. Note to authors: the Chinese market is going to be big …

    How about this one: What would you call a one-to-two foot-high hairy humanoid that rapes women, abducts children and bites off sleeping people’s toes? You don’t, the concept doesn’t exist in Euro-American mythology. In Southern Africa, on the other hand, you don’t joke about the Tikoloshe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tikoloshe). Well-educated, rational Africans will put their beds up on four bricks “just in case” (Just like educated, rational Westerners will “touch wood”, so don’t pull the racism card on me). Even white South Africans get nervous when “Tokkolossie” is mentioned. But if this is a concept you could use in your fiction, and your likely reader is not African, how do you introduce it without first going through three pages of dull explanation?

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