Avatar: The Last Airbender

Winter Solstice (1): The Spirit World

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 4/8/05
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  • Episode Description
  • When Aang is assigned to help defend a town from a monster that has been plaguing the town, his lack of ability and knowledge becomes obvious, as he doesn't know what to do. However, when Sokka tries to rush to Aang's rescue during the fight, he himself becomes captured and is taken away by the monster, which turns out to be from the spirit world. Aang promises Katara that he'll find Sokka and bring him back, but with Aang even doubting himself, will he be capable of finding where the monster went?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mae Whitman


  • Mako

    Uncle Iroh

  • Dante Basco


  • Jack DeSena


  • Aaron Ehasz

  • Fan Reviews (53)
  • When the gang visits a town being harrassed by spirits Sokka and Aang end up being introduced to the Spirit World. Can Aang and Sokka get out of it though?

    By Garyness, Jun 22, 2010

  • Story is starting to heat up.

    By ZaleIsBackAgain, Dec 11, 2009

  • The Spirit World (Winter Solstice (1))

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 05, 2011

  • Aang must figure out a way to save a village before it is destroyed by a spirit...

    By trm6, Jan 17, 2009

  • Oh yes, this episode REALLY starts the awesomeness of this show, and provides us with what i think is our first truly amazing and exciting episode!

    By Count_Dracula08, Oct 26, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Zuko: (To a bathing Iroh) Enough. we need to leave now! Get out of the water. Iroh: Very well. (stands up) Zuko: (looks away in horror) On second thoughts, why don't you take another few minutes.

    • Aang: Hello? Spirit, can you hear me? This is the Avatar speaking. I'm here to try to help...and stuff.

    • Villager: As the solstice approaches, the natural world and the spirit world grow closer and closer, until the line between them is blurred completely.

    • Fire Nation Soldier: Maybe there has been a land slide sir. Zuko: Land doesn't slide up-hill. My uncle has been captured by earthbenders!

    • (Prince Zuko rescues Uncle Iroh from the earthbenders. They look down proudly at their handiwork. Zuko puts his hand on Iroh's shoulder.) Zuko: Now, will you please put on some clothes?

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    Notes (3)

    • This episode was published in book format in Avatar The Last Airbender: The Lost Scrolls - Fire.

    • This episode is in the Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 1: Water, Volume 2 DVD, along with The King of Omashu, Imprisoned, and Avatar Roku (Winter Solstice Part 2).

    • Character Debuts: Hei-Bai, Fang

    Trivia (7)

    • It is revealed that Uncle Iroh has the nickname Dragon of The West.

    • When Aang tries to communicate with Appa at the town gate, Appa's lower lip is grey like his upper lip instead of furry and white.

    • When Katara turns her head to see Aang approaching through the town gate after his trip to the Spirit World, her hair loops aren't attached to her bun.

    • When the old man says that everything will be okay to Katara before Spirit Aang appears, his mouth doesn't move but we can still hear the words.

    • When the gang is following the old man into the village, Katara's clothes are bright blue but Sokka's are more gray because of the lighting. So Katara's bright blue clothes should have been gray like Sokka's.

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    Allusions (5)

    • The "Spirit World" is a reference to actual beliefs of many cultures about life after death. Especially, the Egyptians believed that when a soul died they would go into a sort of spirit world. Also, the ancient Greeks had their beliefs about an underworld which is similar to a spirit world.

    • When it is said that the spirit world comes closer to the world of living near the winter solstice, it is a reference to some neo-pagan cultures where the veil between the spirit and living worlds was believed to be more sparse during winter and especially winter solstice.

    • Aang refers to Appa and Avatar Roku's dragon as animal guides. This is a clear reference to familiars, servants of supernatural beings, such as witches and wizards, who were usually animals. Such species were commonly black cats, snakes, toad or frogs, and owls. Like Avatar animal guides, these creatures usually displayed high intelligence and wisdom almost equal to that of their masters, if not above an average human, despite their animal origin.

    • The giant wooden panda found in the center of the devastation looks similar to some totem poles in northern Native American tribes, or like old shrines dedicated to the kami in the Shinto religion. These carvings were to house a spirit or pay homage to them in some way to keep them from causing trouble.

    • The ostrich-horses resemble the chocobos in the Final Fantasy series.

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