Sources of the moth and lamp imagery

Gregory Bailey Greg.Bailey at LATROBE.EDU.AU
Thu Jun 16 08:38:04 UTC 2011

Dear List,

Can anyone enlighten me as to the earliest reference to the image of the deluded moth being attracted by the lamp and then burnt in its flame.  Bhartṛhari (VŚ 3, 82) gives an instance of it.

Any help would be appreciated as another colleague has requested information about this as the image is used in nationalist posters of the thirties.


Greg Bailey

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