Avatar - Wikipedia

An avatar (Sanskrit: अवतार, IAST: avatāra), a concept in Hinduism that means "descent", is the material appearance or incarnation of a deity on earth. The relative verb to "alight, to make one's appearance" is sometimes used to refer to any guru or revered human being.…

Avatar (computing) - Wikipedia

The word avatar originates in Hinduism, where it stands for the "descent" of a deity in a terrestrial form (deities in Hinduism are popularly thought to be formless and capable of manifesting themselves in any form). The earliest use of the word avatar in a computer game was the 1979 PLATO role-playing game Avatar.…