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The avatar world seems to adhere to a pantheistic spirituality. This fact is alluded to in the swamp and the guru episodes of ATLA and using this fact to shape how we view bending can clarify several things about both the avatar and Amon. There are four nations and four elements but in the grand scheme of things they are all part of one spiritual whole, they may be physically separate but they make up the singular entity that is the world of Avatar. The four nations represent four different cultures, geographical locations, and societies which together make up the world. The avatar then is the manifestation of this whole, the spirit of the physical world, so it makes sense that they would possess all four bending arts.
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