Hagiography
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Hagiography is the recording of the lives of holy men and women. It has a very long history in the literatures of India. In those literatures hagiographical writing is found in three genres: Purāṇa ("Legend"), Carita ("Biography") and Kathā ("Story"). While all of these genres include hagiographies, none of them is exclusively hagiographic. Although some Indian hagiographies are outstanding…

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Richard Barz, “Hagiography”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 26 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_2020150>
First published online: 2012



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