The heavy use of footnoting in article was done mostly by Dahn (T-C-L-K-R-D)
, a Romanian WP'er, and presumably the huge number of footnotes are meant to intimidate anyone who might try to remove or "soften" material in the article linking Eliade with pre-war Romanian fascism and anti-semitism.
There was a period during 2005-2006 when Romanians were causing enormous problems for Wikipedia - as I recall, there had been some articles (more likely op-eds) in the Romanian press claiming that WP was, essentially, anti-Romanian. This caused numerous Romanian editors, many of them barely able to write in English, to register on WP and try to gain control of Romania-related articles. (They showed up on Uncyclopedia too, actually.) If Dahn was one of them, he was clearly one of the more English-fluent ones, at least!
This quote is from an earlier version of Dahn's user page
This user declares his annoyance at browsing through articles innitiated by US or UK users that fail to mention that the theme has to do with one of the two countries, arguably because they assume that English language wiki means English/American wiki.