Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Malificus, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Malificus

    Malificus Likes snow

    This isn't a topic about what comes with death, but rather, what is an appropriate avatar of death?

    Is the grim reaper really the best representation of death, or would something else be more appropriate?

    I don't really have a stance beyond I don't like the grim reaper that much.

    Also, what other avatars of death are there around the world?
    Oh yeah, I just remembered one I like, Azreal, the angel of death from Hebrew and islamic lore:

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  2. booku

    booku Registered Member

    Thats the depiction of death that comes to my mind, the angel of death. Another is the one in a video game called XIII with a midget grim reaper running around singing at the top of it's voice. The angel of death seems more of a neutral figure, doesn't represent such a dark mood or violent depiction of death but a more gentle passing between this world and the next.
  3. dDave

    dDave Guardian of the Light V.I.P.

  4. Malificus

    Malificus Likes snow


    How can anyone one person miss the point so completely without trying?
    Avatars of death as in physical/graphic manifestations of the abstract concept and/or supernatural being that is the end of all life.
    Also, since you completely missed this too,

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  5. dDave

    dDave Guardian of the Light V.I.P.

    yes I realize that you said that you don't particularly like the grim reaper, regardless that's what I think you should have to represent death, it'll be a lot more recognizable. But if you want something else don't listen to me.
  6. Malificus

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  7. Duke1985

    Duke1985 EatsApplePieShitsFreedom

    oh, that made me giggle.
    You know thats a good question though, it inspired me to glance at wikipedia, they mention the Grim Reaper, Azrael (angel of death), and Father Time.

    For the most part cultures use some sort of shepherd like figure for the avatar of death, like Anubis in Egyptian religion who watched over tombs.
  8. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    dDave, he's not talking about a forum avatar, he's talking about a visual representation of death.

    I think it was in Terry Pratchett's Good Omens where the horseman of Death was personified as a very handsome, well-dressed man in a white suit. For some reason, I like that one more than the reaper.
  9. Malificus

    Malificus Likes snow

    No, in good omens, death was an ominous voice. It had no physical form. It was simply everywhere.

    The handsome man was pollution if I remember correctly.
  10. ysabel

    ysabel /ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5

    Most death pictures I see have a skeleton/skull representing it. Unless you count Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black. :lol:

    I tried to search for other representations of death but got this instead. :-/ (warning: not for the superstitious)

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