Rejang script


Rejang script

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Rejang
Type Abugida
Spoken languages Rejang
Time period ?–20th century
Parent systems Proto-Canaanite alphabet
Phoenician alphabet
Aramaic alphabet
Brāhmī
Pallava
Old Kawi
Rejang
Sister systems Balinese
Batak
Baybayin
Buhid
Hanunó’o
Javanese
Lontara
Old Sundanese
Tagbanwa
ISO 15924 Rjng

The Rejang script, sometimes spelt Redjang and locally known as Aksara Kaganga (‘Ka Ga Nga alphabet’) after its first three letters, is an abugida of the Brahmic family, and is related to other scripts of the region, like Batak, Buginese, and Kerinci. 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 script was used to write 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 abugida, with transliterations

Rejang abugida, with transliterations


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