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A discorporate soul who has the choice to advance to a higher level of consciousness or remain behind on the physical plane to help other less evolved souls grow spiritually. These souls return to inhabit physical bodies voluntarily.

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  1. a new embodiment of a familiar idea
  2. the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal form

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In Hinduism, an avatar ɑr (lang, from Sanskrit अवतार {IAST|avatāra} `descent`) is a deliberate descent of a deity to Earth, or a descent of the Supreme Being (e.g., Vishnu for Vaishnavites), and is mostly translated into English as `incarnation`, but more accurately as `appearance` or `manifestation`. The phenomenon of an avata...
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(`descent`), in Hinduism, the incarnation of a deity in human or animal form to counteract some particular evil in the world. The term usually ... [6 related articles]
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(story) [Acting] based on the player's understanding of the avatar's principles and limited perspective, independent of their own.
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[n] - the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal form
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• (n.) The descent of a deity to earth, and his incarnation as a man or an animal; -- chiefly associated with the incarnations of Vishnu. • (n.) Incarnation; manifestation as an object of worship or admiration.
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noun the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal form; `the Buddha is considered an avatar of the god Vishnu`
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[computing] In computing, an avatar (usually translated from Sanskrit as incarnation) is the graphical representation of the user or the user`s alter ego or character. It may take either a three-dimensional form, as in games or virtual worlds, or a two-dimensional form as an icon in Internet forums and other online communities. Avatar image...
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[horse] Triple Crown race wins:Belmont Stakes (1975) |awards = |honours = |updated= Avatar (1972–1992) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 1975 Belmont Stakes. He was bred and raced by San Antonio, Texas businessman Arthur A. Seeligson, Jr. and trained by Tommy Doyle. ==Pedigree== Avatar`s sire was the highly...
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[MUD] A.V.A.T.A.R. MUD is a free, online, massively multiplayer, fantasy, text-based role-playing game (or MUD), set in a real-time virtual environment. It combines elements of role-playing games, hack and slash style computer games, adventure games and social gaming. It began as an LPMUD called Farside MUD at Newcastle University, in the s...
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[Music from the Motion Picture] Category:Populated places in Karditsa (regional unit) ...
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[newspaper] Avatar was an American underground newspaper published in Boston, Massachusetts in 1967-68. The newspaper`s first issues were published from the headquarters of Broadside magazine in Cambridge. The paper was initially started by a varied group of people from different parts of the Boston countercultural scene, but quickly came t...
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[PLATO system video game] Avatar is an early graphics-based multi-user highly interactive role-playing computer game, created on the University of Illinois` Control Data Corporation PLATO system in the late 1970s. It has graphics for navigating through a dungeon, and chat style text for player status and communication with others. It can cu...
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[short story] Avatar, first published in 1856, is a Fantastique 19th century short story by French writer Théophile Gautier. ==Plot Summary== Octave de Saville pines for Lithuanian Countess Prascovie Labinska. Alas, she rejects his advances, and remains faithful to her husband, Count Olaf. Octave slowly drifts towards apathy, and his soul ...
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[Show] Soutache border trim in a drapery of the Vermont Senate. ...
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[Ultima] The Avatar is the main player character and protagonist in the Ultima series of video games by Origin Systems. The character was first introduced as `The Stranger` in the 1980 role-playing video game Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness. ==Appearances== The Avatar was first known as the Stranger (or Stranger from another world) in U...
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[Xbox Live] Xbox Live Avatars are avatars and characters that represent users of the Xbox Live service on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One video game consoles, Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8 Avatars debuted on the Xbox 360 as part of the `New Xbox Experience` system update released on November 19, 2008. Users are able to customize body shape, gender,...
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Av`a·tar' noun [ Sanskrit avatâra descent; ava from + root tr to cross, pass over.] 1. (Hindoo Myth.) The descent of a deity to earth, and his incarnation as a man or an animal; -- chiefly associated with the incarnations of Vishnu. 2. Incarnation; manifes...
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A digital representation of a user in a virtual reality site.
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A divine incarnation of God, usually incarnations of Vishnu and his wife Laksmi. Krishna and Rama are the two principal ones, while Buddha is considered the ninth avatar of Vishnu.
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A graphic representation of a video game player or real person in a virtual world.
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A picture or a graphic that represents you or your company online. Also commonly known as a Profile Picture.
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A software programme that simulates a real person either physically or iconically. Such avatars can have designer personalities. The most famous to date is Ananova, the virtual newsreader.
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An icon or graphic that represents you on message boards, chat rooms, IM programs, 3-D chat rooms and virtual worlds. Your avatar can be whatever you want it to be. There are graphic elements, animals, cartoons and pictures used as avatars on the Internet.
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