Avatar: A Hero’s Journey
A quick look into the history of
Asian cultures
*Disclaimer: All images seen throughout the prese...
Long ago, the four nations lived
together in harmony…
• These elements are Earth, Water, Fire, and Air
The Call to Adventure
• An Avatar was born – master of all the
elements, destined to become the bridge of
the spirits
• Li...
The Call to Adventure
• Yin and Yang,
according to Chinese
philosophy, is the
balance between the
forces of good and evil
...
The Call to Adventure
• Hindu’s Vishnu is
believed to have several
avatars, something
prominent in Hindu
mythologies
• The...
Refusal of the Call
• After learning that he
was to be separated
from all the people he
knew, to train to
become the Avata...
Refusal of the Call
• Shiva, one of the
three main deities of
Hindus, was
supposedly the deity
for rebirth, but
instead, b...
Supernatural Aid
• A hundred years
later, two
siblings, Katara and
Sokka, found the large
iceberg and happened
to release ...
Supernatural Aid
• In many Eastern cultures, their mythologies
consist of certain creatures that would guide the
creation ...
The Crossing of the First Threshold
• With their friendship
quickly establish, the
three set out to
discover the changes
a...
The Crossing of the First Threshold
• The number ‘3’ is a significant theme in most
stories, and as such, follows in the c...
Belly of the Whale
• Finally meeting his
predecessor, Aang
learns of a catastrophe
that was about to
happen when the
Sozin...
Belly of the Whale
• In some
cultures, comets hold
deep significance as they
are signs of the world
ending
• In Middle Eas...
The Road of Trials
• Aang sets off to parts of the world in search for element
masters who would train him in Water, Earth...
The Road of Trials
• Buddha undergoes
challenges in
poverty, hunger, illness
es and death
• He left the riches he
had as a...
The Meeting with the Goddess
• Entering the Northern
Water Tribe, he meets
waterbending master
Pakku, and begins to learn
...
The Meeting with the Goddess

Chinese Nuwa known
for helping Fu Xi
repair the walls of
heaven, and the
creation of mankind...
Atonement with the Father
• In a battle against
Princess Azula, daughter
of the Fire Lord, Aang
was struck by a firelightn...
Atonement with the Father
• In Mulan, a legendary Chinese hero, she was
discovered a female, and was “casted” off from
the...
Apotheosis
• While his physical
body is in a very bad
condition, he goes into
his Avatar state, in
which his mind
becomes ...
Apotheosis
Japanese Amaterasu is
immortalized after death
and passing on the
heavenly treasures

Sumerian Gilgamesh
went o...
Ultimate Boon
• The time finally comes when the comet
arrives, and he is faced with the Fire Lord for the
battle that woul...
Ultimate Boon

Japanese Susanoo slays
the water dragon to
redeem himself

Chinese Huang Ti defeats
Chi You, a tribal leade...
Rescue from Without
• Upon victory and his
mastery of all four
elements, he meets with
the lion turtle that
originally gav...
The Crossing of the Return
Threshold
• With their victory, his firebending
teacher, Prince Zuko, the son of the Fire Lord,...
Master of Two Worlds
• And so, Aang decides to
begin a relationship with
his friend Katara, and
continues to protect the
w...
Freedom to Live
Rebirth
• And so begins the story of the next Avatar, Korra.
END.
ELECLIT A53 – MYTHPOP
Craig Timothy Y. Gan
11215836
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  1. 1. Avatar: A Hero’s Journey A quick look into the history of Asian cultures *Disclaimer: All images seen throughout the presentation was obtained from the internet. None of them are owned by the creator of this presentation.
  2. 2. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony… • These elements are Earth, Water, Fire, and Air
  3. 3. The Call to Adventure • An Avatar was born – master of all the elements, destined to become the bridge of the spirits • Little did Aang know of this destiny, which was given upon him after the death of the previous Avatar
  4. 4. The Call to Adventure • Yin and Yang, according to Chinese philosophy, is the balance between the forces of good and evil • Raava, the light spirit, and Vaatu, the dark spirit, constantly fought each other for control of the spirit world
  5. 5. The Call to Adventure • Hindu’s Vishnu is believed to have several avatars, something prominent in Hindu mythologies • The belief of reincarnation is greatly emphasized as Avatars are reincarnations of the first and the original being
  6. 6. Refusal of the Call • After learning that he was to be separated from all the people he knew, to train to become the Avatar, Aang ran away and trapped himself inside an iceberg
  7. 7. Refusal of the Call • Shiva, one of the three main deities of Hindus, was supposedly the deity for rebirth, but instead, became the deity for destruction • The role upon which he decided on stuck to him, thus became the “Destroyer” or “Transformer”
  8. 8. Supernatural Aid • A hundred years later, two siblings, Katara and Sokka, found the large iceberg and happened to release Aang from this
  9. 9. Supernatural Aid • In many Eastern cultures, their mythologies consist of certain creatures that would guide the creation of the world, such as the beasts of China,
  10. 10. The Crossing of the First Threshold • With their friendship quickly establish, the three set out to discover the changes after a hundred years of the Avatar’s absence
  11. 11. The Crossing of the First Threshold • The number ‘3’ is a significant theme in most stories, and as such, follows in the concept of “Triple Deities,” a theme some mythologies follow Greek - The Fates Hindu Taoism – Fu Lu Shou
  12. 12. Belly of the Whale • Finally meeting his predecessor, Aang learns of a catastrophe that was about to happen when the Sozin’s comet passes, giving the Fire Nation (one of the elements) power to defeat the other three
  13. 13. Belly of the Whale • In some cultures, comets hold deep significance as they are signs of the world ending • In Middle Eastern culture, they are regarded as evil or an ill omen as some believe they brought about the Deluge that happened thousands of years ago
  14. 14. The Road of Trials • Aang sets off to parts of the world in search for element masters who would train him in Water, Earth and Fire
  15. 15. The Road of Trials • Buddha undergoes challenges in poverty, hunger, illness es and death • He left the riches he had as a prince and ventured through mountains, forests and jungles in search for enlightenment
  16. 16. The Meeting with the Goddess • Entering the Northern Water Tribe, he meets waterbending master Pakku, and begins to learn under him •Aang also meets the Ocean and Moon spirits (the fishes), embodied by Princess Yue.
  17. 17. The Meeting with the Goddess Chinese Nuwa known for helping Fu Xi repair the walls of heaven, and the creation of mankind Inuit Sedna, goddess of the sea, known for helping sea voyagers in deep oceans, and deity for Inuit hunters Japanese Izanami is responsible for creating the islands of Japan and the birth of minor deities
  18. 18. Atonement with the Father • In a battle against Princess Azula, daughter of the Fire Lord, Aang was struck by a firelightning attack that left him in a state of death
  19. 19. Atonement with the Father • In Mulan, a legendary Chinese hero, she was discovered a female, and was “casted” off from the army before the war actually started • This gave her the strength to continue what she has begun as she fought for her father, and for what she believed in
  20. 20. Apotheosis • While his physical body is in a very bad condition, he goes into his Avatar state, in which his mind becomes linked with the spirit world
  21. 21. Apotheosis Japanese Amaterasu is immortalized after death and passing on the heavenly treasures Sumerian Gilgamesh went on a quest for immortality, and after death, becomes known for his epic adventure
  22. 22. Ultimate Boon • The time finally comes when the comet arrives, and he is faced with the Fire Lord for the battle that would either balance the scales or completely destroy the balance of nature.
  23. 23. Ultimate Boon Japanese Susanoo slays the water dragon to redeem himself Chinese Huang Ti defeats Chi You, a tribal leader of the Nine Li tribe, and became a cosmic ruler the initiator of Chinese civilization Hindu Krishna in the Kurukshreta War mediated the opposing sides for peace
  24. 24. Rescue from Without • Upon victory and his mastery of all four elements, he meets with the lion turtle that originally gave him his bending ability Katara - Water Zuko - Fire Toph - Earth
  25. 25. The Crossing of the Return Threshold • With their victory, his firebending teacher, Prince Zuko, the son of the Fire Lord, is now crowned the Fire Lord • Aang, together with his team and Zuko, plans to rebuild the relationship of all four nations
  26. 26. Master of Two Worlds • And so, Aang decides to begin a relationship with his friend Katara, and continues to protect the world from elemental forces, spirits, and conflicts
  27. 27. Freedom to Live
  28. 28. Rebirth • And so begins the story of the next Avatar, Korra.
  29. 29. END. ELECLIT A53 – MYTHPOP Craig Timothy Y. Gan 11215836

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