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[poo-rah-nuh] /pʊˈrɑ nə/

any of 18 collections of Hindu legends and religious instructions.
any of a class of Sanskrit writings not included in the Vedas, characteristically recounting the birth and deeds of Hindu gods and the creation, destruction, or recreation of the universe

ancient Sanskrit writings of a legendary character, 1690s, from Sanskrit puranah, literally “ancient, former,” from pura “formerly, before,” cognate with Greek paros “before,” pro “before,” Avestan paro “before,” Old English fore, from PIE *pre-, from root *per- (1) “forward, through” (see per). Related: Puranic.


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