What do you think about the gods of ancient/other religions not actually being gods, but other, immortal beings? They'd all be the same race as the people who primarily practiced each religion, so I thought it would be okay, but I still wanted a second opinion.
Changing Gods of Ancient Religions into other Immortal Beings
There are a couple of religions where this would be incredibly inappropriate.
Sure, you can make Zeus a Greek guy if you want (I mean, he liked to walk around as a Greek guy, so I don’t think that’s an issue)… but some religions, this would just not work on any level. Religions are like cultures - you can’t just make things “fair” by making a blanket statement about all religions or treating them all as if they’re interchangeable.
However, considering this is actually the tradition in many cultures, I’d say it’s 100% fine/would be inaccurate to not go this route for some. It’s just a case of knowing which ones you can go this route for.
You can also run into some implications you don’t realize, depending on the religion. Make sure to really dig down beyond basic overviews of deities and understand them in the full cultural context.
~ Mod Lesya
Please leave us Jewish people (and I suspect Muslims might feel the same way) out of a story like this.