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Avatar is the incarnation or incarnated manifestation of a Hindu deity, a theory both characteristic of Vaishnavism and marking a new epoch in the religious development of India.[1][2]

Recently, the term avatar has been used to signify "an interactive representation of a human in a virtual reality environment",[3] that is, an online persona used in computer gaming or internet communities.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is also the title of an animated television series which airs on Nickelodeon.

Avatar is the name of a film by James Cameron released in 2009.[4] It has the highest unadjusted domestic and worldwide box office grosses of any film released.[5]


  1. Nuttall Encyclopedia of General Knowledge, article on Avatar originally published in 1907 written by Reverend James Wood
  2. Vaishnavism and Shaivism - Britannica (britannica.com)
  3. http://www.case.edu/help/webglossary.html
  4. Decent Films review of Avatar
  5. All Time Box Office records