Origin of the word "Avatar"?
Can I know the origin of the word Avatar and it's meaning?
- d_r_sivaLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Sanskrit "Avatara" - incarnation
From avatar (descent, as of a god from heaven to the earth), from ava- (away) + tarati (he crosses).
The incarnation of a Hindu deity, especially Vishnu, in human or animal form.
An embodiment, as of a quality or concept; an archetype: the very avatar of cunning.
A temporary manifestation or aspect of a continuing entity: occultism in its present avatar.
A representation of a person or thing in computers, networks, etc.
Vishnu is the Hindu god of goodness. He has come to Earth when needed in the past in a series of so-called descents or avatars. These are incarnations. Tradition says there will be ten of them, nine of which have already passed:
- MaryLv 44 years ago
Excuse me, being English and a frequent user or the word bloody, I'd have to disagree with some points. - Firstly, it's certainly not archaic. Old, maybe, but not archaic as it is still in common usage today. - Secondly, it is most certainly not very vulgar. It's a very light hearted and unoffensive swear word in the scheme of things, as with bugger, git and sod, which are all quite acceptable (although still not polite). I could even get away with saying those words in front of my mother (although I'd probably get a scowl), whereas with some swear words, like crap, sh*t, etc, I'd probably get a shoe thrown at me. It is most likely it have been a corruption of 'by our lady', which was an archaic curse. I doubt it is an actual reference to blood, although I think the if the word 'bloody' hadn't already existed and been in usage I doubt it would have corrupted in the same fashion. Covered in blood is also 'bloody'. In the same way that 'stalk' can mean part of a plant or the action of stalking someone; or 'bill' can mean something you need to pay or a duck's beak.
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- Anonymous4 years ago
I wish to ask the same question as the user above.
- 1 decade ago
the sanskrit word avatara meaning the descent or reincarnation of a divine being in hindu
- 1 decade ago
Its origin is in Sanskrit and means 'descent' as in from a higher to lower level.