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The Sanskrit texts mention several legends about how Hanuman got his name.
His characterization as a lifelong brahmachari (celibate) was another important development during this period. His mother Anjana was an apsara who was born on earth due to a curse.
She was redeemed from this curse on giving birth to a son.
A twentieth-century Jesuit missionary Camille Bulcke, in his Ramkatha: Utpatti Aur Vikas ("The tale of Rama: its origin and development"), expresses the belief that Hanuman worship had its basis in the cults of aboriginal tribes of Central India.
Hanuman is mentioned as an avatar of Shiva or Rudra in the Sanskrit texts like the Mahabhagvata Purana, the Skanda Purana, the Brhaddharma Purana and the Mahanataka among others.
The child received his name from the Sanskrit words Hanu ("jaw") and -man (or -mant, "prominent" or "disfigured").