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Lontara Bilang-bilang script   Bilang-bilang

The Lontara bilang-bilang or Bilang-Bilang script, which means "counting script", is a Buginese cipher script. The shapes of the glyphs were derived from Arabic-Indic numerals (۱۲۳۴۵۶۷۸). The script appeared in the time of the Kingdom of Gowa in South Sulawesi in 18th century. It is used traditionally and privately mainly to write diaries and poems in Buginese.

Notable features

Used to write

Bugis or Buginese (Basa Ugi / ᨅᨔ ᨕᨘᨁᨗ), a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken mainly in Sulawesi in Indonesia by about 4 million people.

Lontara Bilang-bilang script


Lontara Bilang-bilang script - consonants

Vowel diacritics

Lontara Bilang-bilang script - vowels

Sample text in the Lontara Bilang-bilang script

Sample text in the Lontara Bilang-bilang script


  1. ininnawa mapata ko, ala i pakkawaru, toto teng lésangmu.
  2. tinulu' kuwala lonré, pata kuwala guling, pésona sompekku.


  1. O my soul, be patient, make your efforts determine your destiny.
  2. I make my honesty to be a ship, my patience as its rudder, and my faith to God as the sail.

(From a poem by Colli' Pujie)

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Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

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