The time has come for Ralu and Entu to pass the first trial of their
initiation before becoming Taronyu - true Na'vi hunters - by proving
they can survive any condition they may find out there in the wild. In
this case, holding on to your bow while crossing a valley of fire by rope.
There are many bows a Na’vi of any clan may fashion or acquire. from
a young child to a sage elder. The most basic is a child’s bow often
adorned by hand with twine and other decorative elements. While a children’s
bow is nothing particularly inventive in terms of design, it can still be
lethal if an arrow is shot with cunning accuracy. When a Na’vi youth reaches
a certain point in adolescence, they carve a bow from the Hometree. This
represents a coming-of-age ritual. At this point, the bow is called “The
Hunting Bow”, appropriately named for the task it often carries out.
One of the most prestigious bows is the Ceremonial Bow, often used by clan
elders for various ceremonies. One’s path to earning a Ceremonial Bow requires
patience as it is traditionally passed down through generations. A Ceremonial
Bow is carved from the Hometree and is a beautiful representation of the
peak of Na’vi design. Its curved shape honours the Direhorse, a six-legged
creature native to Pandora, known to help the Na’vi during hunt or battle.
Ralu completes the difficult trial flawlessly, but his friend Entu falls,
breaking his hunting bow, failing this task. Feeling humiliated, he flees deep
inside the forest.