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"Avatar" - the name

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  1. richgeeks

    richgeeks Registered Member

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    i believe the name "avatar" originated from indian mythology where God transforms into an avatar to null all evil in the world:eek:....
    i am curious to know what the word actually means(to the rest or whole of the world)....

    pls enlighten me on this.. :confused:
     
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    1) "avatar
    1784, "descent of a Hindu deity," from Skt. avatarana "descent" (of a deity to the earth in incarnate form), from ava- "down" + base of tarati "(he) crosses over." In computer use, it seems to trace to the novel "Snowcrash" (1992) by Neal Stephenson."
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    2) "Etymology
    From Hindustani अवतार / اوتار (avatār), from Sanskrit अवतार (ava-tāra, "descent of a deity from a heaven"), a compound of अव (ava, "off, away, down") and the vṛddhi-stem of the root √tṝ ("to pass across or over")."

    "Noun
    avatar (plural avatars)
    1. In Hinduism the incarnation of a deity, particularly Vishnu.
    2. The physical embodiment of an idea or concept; a personification.
    1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, dedicatory letter to Kidnapped [contrasting the historical Alan Breac with his incarnation in the novel].
    And honest Alan, who was a grim fire-eater in his day, has in this new avatar no more desperate purpose than to steal some young gentleman's attention from his Ovid...
    3. (computing) A digital representation of a person or being. As used in online communities such as Second Life.
    1992 Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
    The people are pieces of software called avatars. They are the audiovisual bodies that people use to communicate with each other in the Metaverse.
    1986 Habitat, video game published by Lucasfilms. Cited as the original source of this term in this context under the acknowledgments for Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash."
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    3) "In Hinduism, Avatar or Avatara (Devanagari अवतार, IAST avatāra, the Sanskrit for "descent" (viz., from heaven to earth, from the verbal root tṝ "to cross over")) usually implies a deliberate descent from higher spiritual realms to lower realms of existence for special purposes, often translated into English as incarnation.

    Avatars that are of importance are mainly those of the Supreme Being which are plenary and marked with superhuman qualities. Other types of descents are limited expansions of Ishvara, and some that are descents of lesser empowered divinities. The term is used primarily in Hinduism for descents of Vishnu whom Vaishnava Hindus (one of the largest branches of Hinduism) worship as the Supreme God, a distinctive feature of Vaishnavism. While Shiva and Ganesha are also described as descending in the form of avatars, with the Ganesha Purana and the Mudgala Purana detailing Ganesha's avatars specifically, the avatars of Vishnu carry a greater theological prominence than those of Shiva or Ganesha and upon examination relevant passages are directly imitative of the Vaishnava avatara lists."
     
  3. richgeeks

    richgeeks Registered Member

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    hmmmm ... well, one cannot help but notice the relevance to "india" and the name of the movie ....
    any way thanks bud..
     
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    There was another Avatar movie that was made 20-25 years back in Hindi language.. but of course it had nothing to do with aliens or different life forms :)
     
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    "avatar" - consider a clone of a person or a creature created to finish exclusive tasks that helps or saves humanity or good cause. in india god named 'rama' who is the avatar of lord 'krishna' was created to kill evil super power 'ravana'.