The Purist View of History vs. The Allegory of a Confluence of a River
A purist view of history looks at history in its true form. It is the history that hasn’t been affected by the words of people. It is history in its original form.
The allegory of a confluence is the exact opposite.
Let me explain this by using the example of a river.
A river begins at its origin. It flows through various terrains and places with different environmental compositions until it reaches the sea.
The authors say that the essence of the river is like a confluence. The composition of the river that merges into the sea isn’t the same as the river at the origin.
They say that a confluence is a river that carries forward the ideas of many people as the knowledge is passed on. It becomes a mixture of various cultures and does not stay true to the original essence.
For example, take the festival of Diwali. Originally, Diwali was celebrated to celebrate the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after his 14 year long exile. But over time, different cultures have found different reasons to celebrate the festival. Some celebrate it for the reason mentioned above. Some celebrate it to commemorate the return of the Pandavas after their 12 year exile. Some celebrate it for Lord Lakshmi.
Hence, people have appropriated the festival to various reasons that relate to their cultures, and thus the original essence is lost.