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Why Itihāsa? New Possibilities And Limits In Considering The Mahābhārata As History

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There are two basic, and optimally interrelated, approaches to the question of interpreting the Mahābhārata as a coherent "whole". One of these approaches is to try to demonstrate coherence as operative within the Mahābhārata text itself. The other approach, is to try to determine-wherever possible by historical information, and otherwise, more precariously, of course, by intertextual considerations-the ante quem and post quem parameters by which it would be possible to hypothesize the time span during which the composition of this archetype would have been achieved. This chapter discusses the second parameter-setting approach, with the goal not only of continuing to refine the intertextual parameters. It discusses, briefly from the intratextual side, which requires some preliminary tracking of where the Mahābhārata uses the term Itihāsa, and what it intends by Itihāsa.

Keywords: Itihāsa; Mahābhārata



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