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Rejang
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TypeSyllabic Alphabetic
GenealogyBrahmi
LocationSoutheast Asia > Indonesia
Time18th century CE to Present
DirectionLeft to Right

The Rejang script (also spelled Redjang) is a syllabic alphabet used primarily in southern Sumatra to write the Rejang language. It is also called Ka-ga-nga after the names of the first letter of the script. The Rejang script is thought to derive from the ancient Kawi script of Java, which in turn ultimately derived from the Brahmi script of ancient India.

The following chart lists all the letters in the Rejang script. All letters have a inherent vowel of /a/.

Like other Brahmi-derived scripts, small strokes called vowel diacritics are added to the sign in order to change the vowel of the sign. Indication of absence of vowel is also achieved via a diacritical mark (called virama in Indic scripts).

While there are roughly 200,000 speakers of the Rejang language, only a very small segment of the population has knowledge of the Rejang script. More so, the script is used primarily for personal use such as letters, love songs, magical incantations, family histories, etc. It is not employed for any form of official or governmental use, not even any cultural use on a larger scale. As a consequence, the script is moribund, and in the not too distant future the Rejang script will likely cease to be a living writing system.

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