Avatar – Is it just a movie?

October 7, 2010

Last month , I saw John Cameron’s the movie “Avatar”!  Besides the obvious enjoyment and awesome experience of the 3D effects, watching this movie presented an interesting imaginative future!  It was fascinating to think of the future (Year 2154), and the way the main character was transporting back and forth from human to another (I guess this is a modern demonstration of  “Avatar”, which is little different from the one described in  Hindu mythology and  but a variation of the one now used by computing community – See the definition and the images).

Avatar (Hinduism), manifestation or appearance of a Hindu deity – The Sanskrit noun avatāra is derived from the verbal root tṝ “to cross over”, joined with the prefix ava “off , away , down”.

Avatar (computing), the graphical representation of a user. An avatar is a computer user’s representation of himself/herself or alter ego whether in the form of a three-dimensional model used in computer games, or a two-dimensional icon (picture) used on Internet forums and other communities. For example:

       

The similarities between these  “Avatars” are that they appear to be something they are not!  However, they end up growing to be one with what they appear to be!  The hero in the movie definitely ended up becoming one with the people of the “Pandora” tribe, even though he was there only as an explorer with a different mission!

In a way, we all are some forms of the “Avatars”, becoming absorbed in the environment we are. May be originally we are more than what we seem to be now! Just wondering …

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