1.The incarnation of a Hindu deity, especially Vishnu, in human or animal form.
2.An embodiment, as of a quality or concept; an archetype: the very avatar of cunning.
3.A temporary manifestation or aspect of a continuing entity: occultism in its present avatar.
[Sanskrit avatârah : ava, down + tarati, he crosses.]
Avatar, in Hinduism, descent of a god into the world of human beings for the duration of a human life span. Avatar differs from the Christian concept of incarnation in two significant ways: A Hindu god can become incarnate in many places at the same time through "partial" avatars (amshas), and the avatars neither fully participate in human suffering nor lose their divine knowledge and power.
One concept corrupts and confuses the others. I
am not speaking of the Evil whose limited sphere is ethics; I am speaking
of the infinite.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. Avatars Of The Tortoise (1939; repr. in Other Inquisitions, 1960; tr. 1964).
manifestation: incarnation, avatar
theophany: avatar, avatar of Vishnu, Krishna
revelation: avatar, emanation, divine emanation
AVATAR- From a modern, Internet
perspective, the term avatar was first adopted from Neal
Stephenson to refer to the psychological persona
people take on when they anonymously enter
cyberspace. However, it is increasingly
being used more literally as a term for the icons
representing a user in a certain programs on the
Internet. [First used from an Internet perspective
in 1992 in _Snow
Crash_, by Neal Stephenson, in one of those
self-fulfilling SF prophecies. Stephenson got the
namefrom the Hindu concept of avatars, which arethe personification of
various deities or entities.
"...The space-time metaphor represents a monumental failure of imagination....We've been thinking about virtual presence as if we have to send our bodies out there. [But] if we could design reality for our minds, what powers would we grant ourselves? The ability to be anywhere instantly would be a step in the right direction. The ability to be everywhere, all at once, without going mad, is the real challenge. Why should we settle for avatars, when we can be angels?"
- Game designer Brian Moriarty, 1996 Computer Game Developers' Conference
604 release _Forest Of The Saints_ MixCD on Avatar/NMC (1998)
AVA CD1 604 entity ASIA 2001 - _Ama Zone_
1. Red Horizones
2. Bais 51
4. _Full Moon Project_
5. Ama Zone
6. Super VJ
8. Zeta Reticulli (jaroo mix)
9. Vertige (paradiso mix)