Purana

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Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit पुराण (purāṇá, stories of ancient times told in a new manner).

Proper noun[edit]

Purana (plural Puranas)

  1. (Hinduism) Name of an ancient Indian genre (or a group of related genres) of Hindu or Jain literature (as distinct from oral tradition). They are primarily post-Vedic texts containing a narrative of the history of the Universe, from creation to destruction, genealogies of the kings, heroes and demigods, and descriptions of Hindu cosmology, philosophy and geography.
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