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8 Fascinating Scripts from Around the World

by DrPrem Jagyasi

Have you heard about Ogham? The script that is represented using mere lines. Or are you familiar with the sensitivity of the beautiful Mongolian script? Here are 8 of the most enthralling scripts around the world.

8 Mesmerising Scripts

  1. Balinese

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    Also known as Aksara or Hanacaraka, the standardization of the alphabet was never completed. The effort was carried out several times in the 19th and 20th centuries however, to no avail. The language is compulsory to learn in most of the Indonesian schools.

  2. Burmese
    All characters of Burmese are specified circular shapes, which need to be drawn clockwise only. Burmese letters were customarily carved on palm leaves. In the modern day, the script is reserved primarily for rituals.
  3. Cherokee


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    Invented by a man who could not read himself, makes Cherokee one of the most fascinating scripts in the world. The script came into existence in the early 19th century, making it one of the youngest scripts in use. Prior to its development, Cherokee people believed that writing was sorcery.

  4. Georgian
    The Georgian language makes use of 3 distinct pairs of Georgian writing systems. These are, Asomtavruli, Nuskhuri and Mkhedruli. All 3 of them are written horizontally, from left to right. Though there is no exact origin available for Georgian, its alphabetical order has a remarkable resemblance with the Greek alphabet.
  5. Javanese

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    The script is familiar to Balinese. In fact, both of them, Javanese and Balinese, are derived from the ancient Brahmi script. The script is used to formulate several Indonesian languages, including Sanskrit. Because of its waning in the modern world, Indonesian government is promoting its use in public signs.

  6. Mongolian
    Letters in this script separates consonants and vowels. It is one of the most intriguing vertical scripts in the world. Mongolian script is also known as Hudum Mongol bichig. The most striking feature of the script is that the shape of a letter is sensitive to its overall position in the word and the successive letter.
  7. Ogham


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    Most people won’t be able to recognise this unique yet simplistic script. At first sight, it may appear merely as some lines drawn on a long horizontal stroke. The script is also known as Celtic tree alphabet. As such, many letters of the calligraphy have names based on trees and shrubs.

  8. Sinhalese
    More than half of the Sri Lankan population use Sinhalese. The script features 50 plus phonemes. Out of which, only 38 are used in the modern day. Its name comes into one of the most extensive scripts in the world. To this day, the language is taught in some Buddhist monasteries. 

Whether you wish to learn Cherokee or Mongolian, you need to understand and respect their aesthetic value first.

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