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  • So i'm currently in the process of catching up on all LOK episodes (I missed a handful since I recently gave birth) and in the "Beginnings Pt 1" episode, I noticed a firebender was attempting some sort of "healing" or "cleansing". I had, up until this point, believed that "healing" was exclusive only to waterbenders! Does anyone else have any insight or info to share?

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    • What the shaman displayed was more along the lines of pyromancy than healing; she was reading the movement of the flame in order to divine the nature of Korra's condition.

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    • Oh I see!

      But I wonder if there could possibly be some sort of healing ability that the other benders could provide?

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    • Its something that's been speculated on for some time. I'd be cautious about adding more mystical elements to bending, however, as too much of it could make it seem more like just traditional magic than its own unique spin.

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    • sifu kisu confirmed with his tumblr that firebenders can perform healing as well. what the shaman was doing was along the same lines as what katara was doing to aang after he was hit with lightning (not the actual healing part (well....), but the part i'm about to quote):

      katara: i can feel a lot of energy twisted up [in this area.]

      aang: /has a quick flashback/ [you're definitely in the right spot.]

      katara was still healing, but she wasn't actively fixing anything then, she was just inspecting the injury, which was exactly what the shaman was doing.

      that said, maybe the shaman did try to heal, but b/c the spiritual infection was so strong, she could only sense it.

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    • I wasn't aware there was a tumblr page for sifu kisu... are you able to provide a link or forward it to me? (leenatron.tumblr.com)

      It just seems as though it would be appropriate since fire can, depending on the circumstance and usage, be used to heal. I know my grandma used to use this weird trick with a candle and a cup to help her... it was ages ago and I cannot recall exactly what it was that she did. And couldn't lightning sort of help in a small dose? Like, a little shock therapy or something? haha

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    • All credit to Sifu Kisu, but he's only the martial arts advisor. Until Bryke confirms that firebenders can truly heal the way waterbenders can, I'll take that scene at face value and say its pyromantic probing. If it doesn't close a wound or cure an ailment, its simply not healing.

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    • Wait a second, now. I can't rule out fire not being used to heal at this point. What about cauterizing wounds? Fire is used to do so, although it wouldn't be as soothing as water... and you technically would need to heat instruments... ah nvm I guess.

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    • kisu's also the one who said we'd see lin's dad and an airbending subskill, so he does have some insider scoop.

      for kisu's blog, i'd just google sifu kisu tumblr. i think it was called something about having a sword in his hands.

      at face value, that scene indicates that firebenders and waterbenders share some of the same abilities as far as the healing subskill goes: when waterbenders are probing, it's still considered healing, so i'm gonna go ahead and call what the shaman did healing.

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    • Really? All I saw was the Shaman waving flames around. No glowing or even contact with Korra. It didn't seem like there was any other ability at play as there is with waterbending healing. Until I see a wound close as someone waves fire around, I remain unconvinced that that's anything but pyromancy.

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    • well even if firebending could heal, you can't have any more glowing than you already do, and contact would be counteractive. plus, as seen with kya and bumi, even water doesn't have to contact to heal. but agree to disagree.

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    • gotta video of no contact waterhealing:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQozsL-9XoM

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