Secure with her cultural heritage and true place, Avey responds to an old woman's question "and who you is?" by saying "Avey, short for Avatara
Avey's own full name, "Avatara
," is related to "Emanuel": an avatar is also the embodiment of a god.
The ancestors join the dance with the living Kin, visible, metamorphosed and invisible, repeatedly circled the cleared space together, As the boundaries of time and place are erased, Avey again feels the slender threads" of connection, as the dance is metamorphosed into the Ring Shout, and she feels reborn, "with her entire life yet to live" (249); her fellow dancers salute the deities resurrected inside her, as she re-becomes the Avatara
of her past, but in a new, revitalized form.
One of the most widely revered and most popular of all Indian divinities, worshiped as the eighth incarnation (avatar, or avatara
) of the Hindu god Vishnu and also as a supreme god in his own right.
." There was never any need to call her, because Avey, keeping out of sight behind the old woman, would have already followed suit, girding her non-existent hips with a second belt (an imaginary one) and placing--with the same studied ceremony--a smaller version of the field hat (which was real) on her head ...
(32) Sunariyadi Maskurin and Septina Alrianingrum, 'Perkembangan wayang potehi di Surabaya 19672001', Avatara
: E-journal Pendidikan Sejarah 2, 3 (2014): 177.
All of these were united in their devotion to Caitanya (1486-1533), the ecstatic saint who, as was argued by Krsnadasa Kaviraja in his Caitanyacaritamrta (CC), was an avatara
(6) of Radha and Krsna descended to earth in a single, golden form.
Although we cannot assert any uniform theology of the sacred image within Hinduism, as Klostermaier has explained, "the average Hindu still sees in the images a real and physical presence of God and not only a symbolic one." (26) In other words, although some Hindus today will try to explain the images as only symbols of the gods, the traditional and still widely held view is connected to the idea of avatara
, or "descent." In particular, the Sri Vaisnava tradition adheres to the system of Pancaratra.
to Aranyakanda (and elsewhere), the Goldmans seems to subscribe to the idea that Rama is an avatara
of Visnu already in the Valmiki Ram.
and Christian incarnation: a comparison: I, Vidyajyoti 67 (3) 2003, 181-193.