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The Last Airbender’ theory solves an ancient bender mystery

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Meanwhile, The Legend of Korra states that human benders originated some ten thousand years prior and that lion turtles, once mankind’s protectors that housed entire cities on their backs, passed down the power of the elements.

Bending powers have historically been passed down through genetics on Avatar: The Last Airbender. A firebender can’t train if they aren’t born with the ability. It’s an indisputable piece of mythology that is reiterated in the show’s sequel series, The Legend of Korra. However, there seems to be a discrepancy regarding the origins of bending, as told by both animated shows. Now, an intriguing Avatar theory may reveal the truth about an age-old bending mystery.

The Last Airbender purports that humans mastered how to bend fire, air, water, and earth by learning from badger moles, dragons, and other original benders. Meanwhile, The Legend of Korra states that human benders originated some ten thousand years prior and that lion turtles, once mankind’s protectors that housed entire cities on their backs, passed down the power of the elements. The two origin stories conflict with each other, with Legend of Korra seemingly retconning badger moles as the original benders instead of lion turtles. So, what is the truth?

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