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Basava
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Basava (or Basavēśvara or Basavaṇṇa) is the purported founder of the Liṅgāyat (or Vīraśaiva) religious movement. His most likely dates are 1105-1167 CE, though some argue for 1134-1196 CE. As with most founders, there are both traditional versions of his life and challenges to the very claim that he, rather than a group of mystical teachers (ācāryas), founded the movement. Those traditional views, even if verified in broad scope, are challenged in their details by his…

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Michael, R. Blake, “Basava”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 23 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000101>
First published online: 2018



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