Rejang script


Rejang script

Infobox Writing system
name=Rejang
type=Abugida
languages=Rejang
fam1=Proto-Canaanite alphabet
fam2=Phoenician alphabet
fam3=Aramaic alphabet
fam4=Brāhmī
fam5=Pallava
fam6=Old Kawi
sisters=Balinese
Batak
Baybayin
Buhid
Hanunó'o
Javanese
Lontara
Old Sundanese
Tagbanwa

time= ?–20th century
unicode= [http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/UA930.pdf U+A930–U+A95F]
iso15924=Rjng
sample=
image_size=150px
The Rejang script, sometimes spelt "Redjang" and locally known as "Surat Ulu" ('upstream script'), is an abugida of the Brahmic family, and is related to other scripts of the region, like Batak, Buginese, and others. Rejang is a member of the closely related group of Surat Ulu scripts that include the script variants of Bengkulu, Lembak, Lintang, Lebong, and Serawai. Other scripts that are closely related, and sometimes included in the Surat Ulu group, are Kerinci and Lampung. The script was in use prior to the introduction of Islam to the Rejang area; the earliest attested document appears to date from the mid-18th century CE. The Rejang script is sometimes also known as the KaGaNga script following the first three letters of the alphabet. The term KaGaNga was never used by the users of the script community, but it was coined by the British anthropologist Mervyn A. Jaspan (1926-1975) in his book "Folk literature of South Sumatra. Redjang Ka-Ga-Nga texts." Canberra, The Australian National University 1964.

The script was used to write texts in Malay and Rejang, which is now spoken by about 200,000 people living in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra in the southwest highlands, north Bengkulu Province, around Argamakmur, Muaraaman, Curup, and Kepahiang, and also in the Rawas area of South Sumatra Province, near Muara Kulam. There are five major dialects of Rejang: Lebong, Musi, Kebanagung, Pesisir (all in Bengkulu Province), and Rawas (in South Sumatra Province). Most of its users live in fairly remote rural areas, of whom slightly less than half are literate.

The traditional Rejang corpus consists chiefly of ritual texts, medical incantations, and poetry.


Rejang in Unicode

The Unicode range for Rejang is U+A930 .. U+A95F. Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points.

References

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ee also

Rencong script

External links

* [http://www.omniglot.com/writing/redjang.htm Omniglot]
*cite web |url=http://www.bahasa-malaysia-simple-fun.com/ancient-writings.html |title=Ancient writings that were part of Malay Language |accessdate=2007-11-19 |format= |work=


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