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35 31 LEVI 1905: 204. 32 RANGASWAMI AIYANGAR Nandi° 1941-42: 158. 33 Cf. " 34 WILKINS 1882: 77-78 = 21900: 90. 35 J. A. DUBOIS: Hindu Manners, Customs and Ceremonies. Tr. Henry K. Beauchamp, OUP 31906, p. 120. Cf. HACKER (1957: 175): "Aber es gibt auch Hindus, und sie sind wohl zu alien Zeiten die Mehrheit gewesen, die nicht fast monotheistisch einer einzelnen Figur des Hindu-Pantheons dienen und infolgedessen keiner Seite angehoren, in deren Glaube vielmehr ein Polytheismus mehr oder weniger iiberlagert, durchdrungen und temperiert ist von pantheistischen, monistischen Tendenzen.

From the time when the puranas included "records on Hindu rites and customs," they have been quoted profusely by authors on dharma, both commentators and nibandhakdras (authors of systematic treatises). If such quotations are found in the extant purana texts, they belonged to the purana at least from the time of the particular author on dharma who cites them. A large majority of these quotations do not, however, appear in our extant puranas. Hence the conclusion that these verses must have belonged to the earlier version of the purana, which was different from the extant one.

4 LASSEN 1847: 5 479. Others turn the argument around: "The antiquity of the definition is vouched for by the fact that it applies very imperfectly to any of the existing puranas" (JACKSON 1905: 68). 6 The Puranas, their Historical Value, PO 2, 1937-38, 77-83 at 80. 7 8 MEHENDALE 1970: 297. Some statements might easily be misread to say that the Amarakosa itself contains the fivefold list. vii): "Ancient lexicographers like Amarasimha attribute the five characteristics to a Purana treatise. These five characteris- 26 L.

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