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Itihāsa


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A term for narrative texts widely regarded within the tradition as true and, therefore, in the widest sense, historical stories, although Western sources usually classify them as ‘mythical’. The term is specifically applied to the two Epics, the Mahābhārata and the Rāmāyaṇa. It is often combined with Purāṇa (itihāsa-purāṇa) to designate a huge body of authoritative narrative material embodying the tradition (smṛti) which informs theistic Hinduism.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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