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China huà shēn
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化身 is a way to say avatar in Chinese characters, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

化身 is the original Buddhist idea of avatar (not the movie). 化身 can also mean: incarnation; reincarnation; embodiment; personification; impersonation.

化身 is the Chinese word used for the original Sanskrit, nirmāṇakāya. Alternates for nirmāṇakāya include 應身, 應化身, or 變化身. In the context of Buddhism, this is a Buddha's metamorphosic body, which has the power to assume any shape to propagate the Truth. This title, 化身, is used for the appearance of a Buddha's many forms.


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化身

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Mandarin huà shēn / hua4 shen1
Taiwan hua shen
Japanese keshin けしん
Chinese incarnation; reincarnation; embodiment (of abstract idea); personification
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) (Buddhist term) incarnation; impersonation; personification; avatar
nirmāṇakāya, 應身, 應化身; 變化身 The third characteristic or power of the trikāya 三身, a Buddha's metamorphosic body, which has power to assume any shape to propagate the Truth. Some interpret the term as connoting pan-Buddha, that all nature in its infinite variety is the phenomenal 佛身 Buddha-body. A narrower interpretation is his appearance in human form expressed by 應身, while 化身 is used for his manifold other forms of appearances; transformation body
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Japanese gugen ぐげん
Japanese (1) incarnation; embodiment; avatar; personification; (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (2) to give concrete form to; to embody; to realize

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権化

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Japanese gonge ごんげ
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) incarnation (of Buddha or bodhisattva); avatar; (2) embodiment (as in "embodiment of evil"); incarnation; personification

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化身話

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Japanese keshingo けしんご
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阿凡達


阿凡达

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Mandarin ā fán dá / a1 fan2 da2
Taiwan a fan ta
Chinese Avatar (movie)

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阿梵達


阿梵达

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Mandarin ā fàn dá / a1 fan4 da2
Taiwan a fan ta
Chinese avatar (loanword)

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アバター

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Japanese abataa / abata アバター
Japanese (1) avatar; incarnation of an immortal being (Hindu); (2) (computer terminology) icon or representation of a user in a shared virtual reality

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アヴァター

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Japanese aataa / ata アヴァター
Japanese (1) avatar; incarnation of an immortal being (Hindu); (2) (computer terminology) icon or representation of a user in a shared virtual reality

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Avatar 化身keshinhuà shēn / hua4 shen1 / hua shen / huashen

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