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The Purāṇas are a body of Hindu religious texts that have been transmitted in manuscript and printed form, behind which there exists a much larger, vibrant and continuing oral tradition. Constituting a distinct literary genre – with some hundreds, if not thousands, of texts – dati…

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Greg Bailey, “Purāṇas”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_2020070>
First published online: 2012

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