References to color blindness

Dr. M.F. Tritsch tritsch at MZDMZA.ZDV.UNI-MAINZ.DE
Sat Dec 2 17:53:15 UTC 1995

I am not an indologist, but I am hoping members of the indology 
list will help me with an interesting problem of 
medical history. Reading a book by H. v. Glasenapp on Shankara 
(Der Stufenweg zum Goettlichen), I discovered a reference to color 
blindness as a metaphor for maayaa. He says maayaa 
is like when someone sees the moon double or MISTAKES SOMETHING

v. Glasenapp does not give the source - can anyone help here? And are 
there other old texts from India which refer to color blindness in 
some way? This would especially interest me!

The example with white and yellow is very unusual, as this kind of 
color blindness is rare (more common is red and green) - but perhaps 
people using these colors a lot (religious garments, etc.) 
notice it more. In the ancient literature of the west, there is 
very little mention of color blindness.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Mark Tritsch


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Institut fuer Zoologie III
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