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The Council of Elders was a group consisting of the theocratic leaders of the Air Nomads. Each of the air temples had its own council of Head Abbots,[1] head monks or head nuns, their members being both the political and the religious authorities.

The Northern and Southern councils were composed of head monks, and the Eastern and Western councils were composed of head sisters, in accordance with the primary gender residing in each respective temple. The Southern Air Temple had five head monks. Members of the Council of Elders were the only ones allowed to enter the air sanctuary in each air temple, other than the Avatar. They were also the ones responsible for identifying the Avatar when he or she was born into the Air Nomads.[2]

Notable members

Southern Council

Eastern Council


  1. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Prologue. The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  2. Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (June 3, 2005). "The Storm". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 12. Nickelodeon.

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