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A classical list of five ‘distinguishing marks’ (lakṣaṇas) which are supposed to represent the contents of a Purāṇa: ‘creation’ (sarga), secondary ‘creation’ (pratisarga), genealogy (vaṃśa), the reigns of the Manus (manvantaras), and the history of the patriarchs of the lunar and solar dynasties (vaṃśānucarita).

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