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doppleganger

Postby KatyBr » Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:19 pm

Doppelganger

Doppelganger
This term come from the German expression meaning "double walker," the human , or the astral body. The doppelganger may be projected in an out of body experience (OBE), or appear as another person in an apparition. A.G.H.
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Its occult meaning notwithstanding, People often use doppleganger for an amazingly similar double. I hear Saddam Hussain had several.

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Postby anders » Fri Jul 15, 2005 8:24 am

This is the first time I've seen somebody mention an otherworldly aspect of what in Swedish is a dubbelgångare, 'a double, a look-alike'.

It's not occult in German either: de.wikipedia finds it so commmonplace that there are just a few sentences on the word, starting with
Ein Doppelgänger (oder auch Double) ist eine Person, die einer anderen Person ähnlich sieht. Politiker und Stars verwenden Doppelgänger aus Sicherheits- und Zeitgründen.

No supplementing or alternative definition is given.
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Postby frank » Sat Jul 16, 2005 6:25 am

In Dutch Doppelgänger as such is often used in literary analysis and literary criticism, e.g. het Doppelgänger-motief, while for doubles of Saddam, we'd use Dutch dubbelganger (which is a calque in itself of the German word, apparantly coined by Johann Paul Friedrich Richter in 1796).

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