Purana Perennis: Reciprocity and Transformation in Hindu and Jaina Texts

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SUNY Press, 1993 - Religion - 331 pages
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In this volume, leading American, European, and Indian scholars including John E. Cort, Friedhelm Hardy, Padmanabh S. Jaini, Laurie L. Patton, A. K. Ramanujan, Velcheru Narayana Rao, and David Shulman discuss the subject of the Puran'as, focusing particularly on the relationship between the "Great Puran'as" of the Sanskrit tradition and the many other sorts of Puran'as. The Puran'as are essentially collections of stories dealing with all aspects of myth, ritual, science, and history, and the authors of these essays are all superb storytellers.
 

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Contents

The Transparent Text Purdnic Trends in the Brhaddevata
3
Echoes of the Mahabharata Why is a Parrot the Narrator of the Bhagavata Purana and the Devlbhagavata Purana?
31
The Scrapbook of Undeserved Salvation The Kedara Khanda of the Skanda Purana
59
From South to North and Back Again
83
Purdnā as Brahminic Ideology
85
On Folk Mythologies and Folk Pur anas
101
Remaking a Purāna The Rescue of Gajendra in Polands Telugu Mahabhagavatamu
121
Information and TransformationTwo Faces of the Puranas
159
From Hindu to Jaina and Back Again
183
An Overview of the Jaina Purānas
185
Jaina Purānas A Purānic Counter Tradition
207
Notes
251
Bibliography
295
Contributors
317
Index
319
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Wendy Doniger is Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School, University of Chicago. She is the author of many books, including The Hindus: An Alternative History.

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