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Arts in the World of Avatar
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Type

Visual art, literature, theater, music, architecture, dance

Examples
There is a diversity of cultural arts in each nation in the World of Avatar, ranging from visual arts, including portraits and paintings, to sacred dances and rituals.

Visual art

Paintings

Painting
This flying bison mural shows three bison in flight.

Statues

Statues glow
Avatar statues in the Southern Air Temple sanctuary are arranged in tiers.
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Motion picture

Writing and literature

Main article: Writing in the World of Avatar

Writing and literature are an integral part of society across the World of Avatar. All four nations use a common system of characters borrowed from the Chinese system for daily purposes. The four nations primarily use writing for communication and literary purposes, but there are some who practice calligraphy, such as Piandao. There are many books and scrolls in the Avatar World, many of these are located (or at least have a reproduction) in Wan Shi Tong's Library.[27]

Calligraphy

Calligraphy is a form of art of giving writing a particularly artistic way to emphasize its beauty and shape. Paper, ink, a brush, and an inkstone are all essential implements in calligraphy. A paperweight is used to keep the paper straight and flat on the table, negating the need for one's hand to touch the clean paper. Piandao taught Sokka the basics as part of his swordsmanship training.[10]

Classical Chinese is primarily a writing form. Being a condensed form, it is particularly difficult to master. People often use the fewest possible characters to express very comprehensive meanings and the specific meaning is almost entirely dependent on the context.[1]

Haiku

Haiku is a form of traditional Japanese poetry that consists of three lines of five, seven, and five syllables respectively.

In Ba Sing Se, there is a group called 5-7-5 Society that focuses specially on haiku and is led by Madame Macmu-Ling.[9]

Theater

Ember Island Players

Main article: Ember Island Players
Boy in the Iceberg play
The Ember Island Players perform The Boy in the Iceberg.
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The Ember Island Players were a local acting troupe who performed at Ember Island's only theater. They did not have a reputation for quality acting, but they took themselves very seriously and almost always packed the house, though this is probably because the theater is one of the only sources of night time entertainment on the island. They aired the play, The Boy in the Iceberg, which was an acclaimed work in the nation. Their only other production mentioned is Love amongst the Dragons which, according to Zuko, who always went to watch it with his family, was "butchered every year".[28]

Hira'a Acting Troupe

Main article: Hira'a Acting Troupe

The Hira'a Acting Troupe is a theater group that resides in the village of Hira'a and is best known for its performance of Love amongst the Dragons. Ursa and her former lover, Ikem, were once members of this group until she was married off to Prince Ozai, and he left for Forgetful Valley as a result.[29]

Puppet shows

Team Avatar saw a puppet show while visiting a Fire Days Festival in a Fire Nation colony where Fire Lord Ozai was presented as a great hero, facing off against an "evil" Earth Kingdom soldier.[30]

Music

Main article: Music in the World of Avatar
Fire Nation music recital
Fire Nation students performing in a musical group.
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In the World of Avatar, music is an important cultural aspect to the people, especially for Earth Kingdom and Fire Nation citizens, and a prime source of entertainment. A variety of instruments are used to produce music such as the tsungi horn and the pipa.[1]

Songs

Main article: Songs in the World of Avatar

Songs are the most commonly seen musical compositions in the World of Avatar, much more widespread than full orchestral pieces. A popular song variation is the simple, pleasing folk song often performed by several people with the use of instruments.[1]

Architecture

Main article: Architecture in the World of Avatar
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The Northern Water Tribe style of architecture is showcased in the capital city.
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Artistic and creative architecture is seen worldwide in the Avatar World. Examples include the Avatar Temples, the air temples, Wan Shi Tong's Library, and the Sun Warriors' ancient city. Locations, such as the Upper Ring of Ba Sing Se, are known to boast many ornate houses and architectural buildings. Other regions, such as the Northern Water Tribe, are magnificent civilizations constructed from certain elements common to that particular geographic location. In contrast, Republic City is a true modern urban center due to technological progress over time. The city has developed the architectural sophistication to construct taller buildings, resulting in significant high-rise development.

Dance

Aang described dancing as a form of self-expression that no one can take away.[3]

List of known dances

Aang dancing
Aang performing the Camelephant Strut.
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  • Ba Sing Se Waltz - Performed in the ballrooms of Ba Sing Se; Aang demonstrated this to some students from a Fire Nation school.[3]
  • Tap - Mentioned by Sokka when Zuko and Aang came back after meeting the Sun Warriors.[5]
  • The Camelephant Strut - An old Fire Nation dance demonstrated by Aang.[3]
  • The Phoenix Flight - An old Fire Nation dance, also demonstrated by Aang to the students.[3]

Trivia

  • Many of the hanging paintings seen in the series came from the extensive collection of animator Seung-Hyun Oh.[31]

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