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by , 29th January 2013 at 01:09 AM (680 Views)
Dorky topic but Avatar corresponded the elements to the seasons wrong. Summer: fire and Winter: water the got right cause they were obvious. But in Asian (well Chinese lore but go to Kyoto and you'll see early Chinese architecture) lore Autumn is metal (which in the Avatar world is subset of Earth) but it is Air in the series and Spring is Wood (and Air benders are vegetarian) and it is Earth in the show. For all the obvious parallels the show made you would think they would take two seconds to google this bunk. But then they couldn't have the Rouku stuff but they could just abandoned the season thing instead of you know conflicting with it.

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  1. Lugion's Avatar
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    Mahābhūta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Methinks they were going for that. There are more lores in the world than just Chinese. ;)
  2. Phoenixphlare's Avatar
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    @Prof. Lugion; nice catch thanks bro but there's no mention of season there metal is so different then Air it's jarring. Tranferring the concept of seasonal element from one lore to another could have done more faithfully is what I'm saying
    Updated 29th January 2013 at 02:15 AM by Phoenixphlare
  3. Lugion's Avatar
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    Well, it's fairly obvious the elements themselves are NOT derived from Chinese lore, since there's no "woodbending" (although waterbending can approximate it), and "metalbending" comes from earthbending rather than being its own thing...

    Fire/Earth/Water/Air is actually the far more common set of elements from antiquity. It's found pretty much everywhere BUT China. And yes, the series DOES have a lot of Chinese elements incorporated in it, that doesn't mean it HAS to adhere strictly to Chinese lore. If it did, we'd not have "chakra", we'd just have "chi", etc.
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  4. Phoenixphlare's Avatar
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    @Prof. Lugion; Yeah I hear you
  5. El_'s Avatar
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    Avatar's seasons of earth being spring based honestly makes far more sense in context. It was already explained that the reason they chose earth for that season rather than air is because the earth is renewed or "reborn" in the springtime after winter is over with the new growth of vegetation and whatnot.

    So yes, they obvious did look a lot into what they were doing when they were planning that. Like said, they don't even use the Chinese system anyways, and some systems that feature the 4 elements actually have water in autumn and earth in winter. So there is no real right or wrong, though Avatar's system makes the most sense to me.
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