purANa in chAndogyopanishad?

Georg von Simson g.v.simson at EAST.UIO.NO
Wed May 3 08:22:02 UTC 2000

Eric Robert wrote:
>In chAndogya upanishad 3.4.1&2, one finds mention of itihAsa and purANa
>(e.g. in 3.4.1...the flower being the itihAsa and the purANa, which are also
>the immortal waters).
>A similar mention occurs in 7.1.2.
>The chAndogya being one of the oldest upanishad, are these passages a later
>addition, or do itihAsa and purANa have another meaning here than their
>normal meaning (the date for the composition or elaboration of the epics
>seems subject to discussion, but I think that early purANas are dated from
>the beginning of this era, or am I wrong?).
There seems to have been an itihAsa-purANa tradition much older than the
texts that are handed down to us. See Paul Horsch, Die vedische gAthA- and
zloka-Literatur, Bern 1966. This book contains a chapter about the terms
itihAsa and purANa in Vedic literature.


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