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Breaking Down The Spirit World From The 'Avatar' Universe

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The rich lore and deep mythology of the Avatar series aren’t just about bending the elements in the physical world - what makes everything so much cooler is the fact that everything is somehow connected to the Spirit World as well. The physical world itself has its own undiscovered secrets, but for the Spirit World, we’ve definitely only scratched the surface. While there’s still tons of stuff we don’t know about the other side, we do have a handful of interesting facts we can feast on for now, and here are just some of them.

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    The Spirit World Is Not Exactly An Afterlife

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    While a human who stays in the Spirit World too long can die, the Spirit World itself isn’t the afterlife per se. In fact, Iroh apparently traveled to the Spirit World in order to find his son after Lu Ten passed, until he realized it wasn't an afterlife. Thankfully, he returned to the physical world with a renewed mind and purpose.

    Some are able to transcend the mortal realm if they have a strong connection to the Spirit World, and transform into an essence of what they once were. Iroh, who came to reside in the spiritual world due to his strong connection to it, is still the same lovable human we know from The Legend of Aang when we meet him in The Legend of Korra.

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    Gravity Is Not A Thing In The Spirit World

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    Sure, things may look right side up at a glance, but the Spirit World doesn’t exactly operate according to Newton’s law of gravity. For instance, Wan Shi Tong's Library is located in an upside-down tree, but everyone could still walk upright along the hallways without falling. Spirits, eh?

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    There’s Hell In The Spirit World Too

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    The Spirit World may not exactly be the afterlife per se, but there’s definitely an equivalent of Hell in there: The Fog of Lost Souls. Here, wayward humans find themselves trapped in a hellish torment of their own making, forever haunted by their darkest memories in this spirit prison. A sentient fog spirit slowly drives them insane, much like the sad fate of Admiral Zhao, whom the spirit La imprisoned in the fog as punishment for killing the Moon Spirit.

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    Spirits Have Counterparts Too

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    Aside from Tui and La, the spirits-slash-koi fish in Season One of The Legend of Aang, there are other spirits that have their own counterparts, much like the yin and yang effect of the Moon and Ocean spirits. For instance, there’s Koh and the Mother of Faces, and, of course, Raava and Vaatu.

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