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A few important references to Sāyaňa’s bhūmikās are also to be found in PATTON 1994. 55 See MOGHE 1975. 56 See KULKE 1985 and 1993. 57 See Appendix 2. 58 GONDA 1975: 41. Chapter 1. The Quest for the Author: Looking for Sāyaňa 39 history of Indian literature denied the authorship of the Vedic bhāşyas to Sāyaňa admitting at best the composite character of these works. A. ]. 60 The few valuable smaller studies that touch upon some problems with Sāyaňa’s wording of ideas or concepts, in passages treated in KAHRS 1998, TABER 1990, and some other contemporary studies concerning exegetical theory and epistemology in the system of Mīmāņsā that refer to Sāyaňa, do not attempt anything like an evaluation of Sāyaňa’s work or opinions in a more systematic way.

Pollock [POLLOCK 1993: 292] concerning the problem of looking for the historical circumstances of the Ayodhya crisis: “There seem, then, to be cases, not all cases but some like ‘Ayodhya’, where wisdom lies in turning from the historical to the metahistorical. 1. The imperial commentator and his legend Les grandes ruines font les grands poèmes. 30 The latter has often been represented, especially so 29 30 CERTEAU 1975: 387. Cf. the numerous legendary narratives accounting for the inception of the “empire,” as well as for the extraordinary circumstances of the building of the “city of victory” and the role of the sage Vidyāraňya (otherwise known as Mādhava) in it.

Neither is this book meant to side with one of two broad divisions of historians who tend to give precedence either to scanty epigraphical evidence or to abundant literary sources in reconstructing such a history. If it naturally focuses on the latter, this is in an attempt to show how literary practices could have been used to influence political and socio-religious history and to identify grounds for such a use in the texts themselves. Historically and theoretically important links between the dynamics of textual practices and the emergence and success of social institutions are probably to be found in any culture at any given time.

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