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Most Hindu stories are told by someone in another story. How do you know you can trust the narrator?

Is there any way to tell if a narrator is trustworthy or not. Do scriptures ever deal with the issue of which narrators are trustworthy and which are not? This is especially true for stories within ...
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Hindu equivalent of Cain and Abel? A story of jealousy, vengeance and punishment

In the old testament, there is the story of Cain and Abel In the biblical Book of Genesis, Cain and Abel are the first two sons of Adam and Eve. Cain, the firstborn, was a farmer, and his brother ...
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Are there any analogues of this tale about the eventual fates of a sannyasin and an evil woman told by Swami Vivekananda in scripture?

Swami Vivekananda tells the following story (Complete Works, V8, Discourses on Jnana Yoga VI, available here): Thought is all important, for "what we think we become". There was once a ...
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Origin of Vikram-Beetal stories?

The Vikram-Betaal stories are derived from the Vetālapañcaviṃśati (वेतालपञ्चविंशति) or famously called,  Baital Pachisi ("Twenty-five (tales) of Baital"). Do these stories find any kind of ...
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Is the story of Shunahshepa an allegory?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shunahshepa mentions some scriptures it occurs in and some interpretations. (1) does his name mean "dog penis"? why was he given that name? (2) is there ...
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What was "Muktaphala" according to Hinduism?

I was just wondering what is "Muktaphala". I think literary it means "Pearl fruit", right? But was it a single pearl or many pearls embedded in a single fruit? Can anyone explain? ...
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What do the astika schools believe, is story of Urvasi and Pururava mentioned in the rig veda and Satapatha Brahmana real or mythology?

According to astika schools, is the story of Urvasi and Pururava mentioned in the rig veda and in Satapatha Brahmana real history or legend or mythology . What does scholar say about it?
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Why is lord hanuman worshipped in the form of stone, side faced & not in form of photo?

In many temples, we see lord hanuman carved on a big stone covered with sindoor and Hanuman facing sided. Why there won't be his vigraha just like other gods? Is there any story behind his side ...
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Are the epics mentioned in Hinduism but never written down and given to humans ever named?

When we think of epics in Hinduism, we usually think of the Mahābhārata or the Rāmāyaṇa. However there are a bunch more epics that are suggested to exist somewhere, but not retold to humans. The most ...