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Any of a class of Sanskrit encyclopedic texts containing cosmogonic histories, legends of gods and heroes, and other traditional material.
[Sanskrit purāṇam, from neut. of purāṇa-, old, prehistoric, from purā, of old, formerly; see per in Indo-European roots.]
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(Other Non-Christian Religious Writings) any of a class of Sanskrit writings not included in the Vedas, characteristically recounting the birth and deeds of Hindu gods and the creation, destruction, or recreation of the universe
[C17: from Sanskrit: ancient, from purā formerly]
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any of 18 collections of Hindu legends and religious instructions.
[1690–1700; < Skt: of old]
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|Noun||1.||Purana - a body of 18 works written between the first and 11th centuries and incorporating legends and speculative histories of the universe and myths and customary observances|
Sanskrit literature - Hindu literature written in Sanskrit
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