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Old 02-22-2008, 09:38 AM   #1
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Interesting definition
av·a·tar (v-tär)
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.
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Old 02-22-2008, 09:44 AM   #2
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Huh...well isn't that funky.
I guess since my avatar is a picture of me, I must be an incarnation of a Hindu deity. I really never knew that.
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:18 AM   #3
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Ooo, that's sort of cool. I've been using the word for ever, but I never thought to see if it had any meaning beyond "user pic." I wonder if there are any wombats present in the Hindu religion...

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Ooo, that's sort of cool. I've been using the word for ever, but I never thought to see if it had any meaning beyond "user pic."
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:28 AM   #5
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'Avatar' in the web sense fits either definition 2 or definition 3; though I suspect it will become a fourth definition.
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Old 02-22-2008, 02:05 PM   #6
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Depends upon the dictionary used.

This is from the Random House Unabridged Dictionary:

1.Hindu Mythology. the descent of a deity to the earth in an incarnate form or some manifest shape; the incarnation of a god. embodiment or personification, as of a principle, attitude, or view of life.

3.Computers. a graphical image that represents a person, as on the Internet.

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