Historicity in the Biographies of Caitanya

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Joseph T. O’Connell. (2022). Historicity in the Biographies of Caitanya: Journal of Vaishnava Studies. Journal of Vaishnava Studies, 1(2). Retrieved from https://ivsjournal.com/index.php/jvs/article/view/452


This essay contends that the framework of the religious meaning of the 16th century devotee-biographers of Sri Krsna-Caitanya tended to intensify rather that diminish their zealto search out and accurately record much historical information bearing on their subject. For convenience, I call this tendency "Myth in quest of history". Here I use the term "myth" in a somewhat extended sense: to designate the overall framework of religious meaning adhered to by each of the devotee-writers. 

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