ISBN 9788121509954,Puranas and Acculturation: A Historico-Anthropological Perspective

Puranas and Acculturation: A Historico-Anthropological Perspective



Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt Ltd

Publication Year 2001

ISBN 9788121509954

ISBN-10 8121509955

Hard Back

Number of Pages 273 Pages
Language (English)

Religion: general

This gigantic Puranic corpus stands apart from earlier Brahmanical literature in many ways. Not the least of which is the fact that whereas the Vedas, and the Dharamasastras were for self-study and meant for the exclusive religious edification of the upper stratum, the Puranas were to be recited in popular gathering and generally projected as the scriptures of the masses. Inspite of the fact that so much has been written about the Puranas, no convicting rationale has been offered for their composition and proliferation. This work aims at removing this lacuna and establishing the purposive nature of the Puranas.