I'm currently writing a story in which people channel magic through spirit animals. It's quite clearly set in a fantasy setting, but to keep these spirit animals relatable I am using real world animals. It's easy enough with bears, monkeys, lions, etc. but if you get into more specific breeds and species, a lot of animals have cultural references in their names. My main character gets power by channeling the power of a Hercules Beetle, which is a great fun-sized beetle, but all of a sudden I have to deal with the story of Hercules in my setting. I'm sure other people have encountered problems like this and I'd love to hear how you guys have dealt with it, or would deal with it.