Various dabbles across the mighty Geekdom
Here’s something that’s been in my inbox for a few days. GD sent me an email that simply said – “Air Temple IRL?” with this picture attached:
Anyone who has seen Avatar: The Last Airbender will find this familiar, because it appears the Western Air Temple from the third season obviously had some real life inspiration. GD will attest to my excitement over the Western Air Temple. When we sat down together to watch the series, I immediately started a refrain of “The Southern (Eastern, Northern) Air Temple is cool, but just wait til we get to the Western one.” Not only do I find the design of the Western temple the most eye catching (check it out below),
but it’s also home to a couple of important moments late in the series (e.g. Zuko joining Team Avatar and the battle against Combustion Man)
So I really love the idea of an actual “Air Temple.” A cursory Google search informs me that these are called Hanging Monasteries, found in the Shanxi province in China, built over 1,400 years ago. This is exactly why Avatar is such an incredible series – the attention to detail that Konietzko and DiMartino include.