Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 2 Episode 11

The Desert

Aired Friday 6:30 PM Jul 14, 2006 on Nickelodeon



  • Allusions

    • Gobi Desert
      The names the sandbender Ghashuin, his father Sha-Mo, and his deceased mother Yulduz, are all derived from the Gobi Desert, a large desert region that lies within China and southern Mongolia:

      -The father's name, Sha-Mo, which means 'desert,' is commonly used by the Chinese as a reference to the Gobi.
      -Ghashiun name, which is Mongolian for 'salt', is a reference to the area of Ghashiun-Gobi (Salt Desert), a semi-desert within the Gobi.
      -The mother's name, Yulduz, is taken from the area known as Yulduz Valley, another semi-desert situated within the Gobi. The word Yulduz also means 'star' in Old Turkic (a Mongolian related language), possibly related to notion that stars are used to navigate within the Si Wong Desert at night.