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12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Air Nomads

List RulesVote up the most interesting facts about the Air Nomads.

The world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra is filled with rich history, and the average viewer can tell the four nations draw heavily from our own world. The Air Nomads stand out in a lot of ways, being they have four distinct air temples and tragic history.

Thankfully the amount of airbenders is on the rise since The Legend of Korra, continuing on Aang's legacy from the northern air temple to the southern air temple. Whether or not you can recognize the Avatar Air Nomad symbol, these facts will deepen your appreciation for the world. Take a look below and vote up the most interesting facts about Air Nomads!

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    Avatar Yangchen Was The Most Revered Avatar In History

    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    Avatar Yangchen, the Air Nation Avatar after Szeto and before Kuruk, was the most celebrated in history. Two large statues were built to honor her in the Western and Eastern Air Temples and ushered in an entire generation of political peace. 

    It was revealed in Avatar: The Last Airbender that Avatar Yangchen's airbending ability was so strong that she could move the sky itself.

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    Seeing An Air Nomad Was So Rare It Was Known As Good Fortune

    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    In The Kyoshi Novels, it’s noted that, hence their name, the Air Nomads were a collective yet independent group of people. Their free spirits and lack of material possessions led them all over the globe, and seeing one crop up became known as a sign of good fortune.

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    Aang Was The Youngest Airbending Master Until Jinora Was Annointed

    Photo: The Legend of Korra / Nickelodeon

    There was, of course, some kind of political hierarchy within the Air Nomads. The Council of Elders held the standards of tradition and also acted as religious and political authorities. 

    It sounds more serious than it was. The monks clearly had a great sense of humor and favored individualism, spirituality, and personal growth. Aang explained some of the rules and traditions of the Air Nomads, including the requirements for mastery. After an airbender has mastered the 36 tiers of airbending they're granted their tattoos and the title. The exception is if the airbender creates a new technique, which was Aang's case following the invention of the air scooter.

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    The Only Nation Comprised Entirely Of Benders

    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    One fact that sets the Air Nomads miles apart from any other elemental nation is that every Air Nomad had the ability to airbend. In the Avatar: The Last Airbender Book Two episode, "The Servant's Pass," it's explained that the monks who ran the Air Temples felt material items and worldly connections were merely distractions. They were the most attached to their spirituality, allowing each person the ability to airbend.

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