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.


Narrative Conventions in Myth: The Cave of the Magic Ring

Wendy Doniger is a Professor of the History of Religions...

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