Purāṇas

At the end of her introduction to Purāṇa Perennis Wendy Doniger, as editor, invites her readers “to sally forth into the living jungle of texts known as purāṇas” (Doniger 1993: xii). There is a hint of danger in the metaphor, and a suggestion that selection is necessary here if one is to find the path through the jungle. Even without such a metaphor, however, there are several features of the Purāṇas which would instill caution into anyone proposing to study them.

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