Santali alphabet (Ol Cemet'/Ol Chiki)
The Santali alphabet, which is also known as Ol Cemet', Ol Ciki
or simply Ol, was created in the 1920s by Pandit Raghunath Murmu as
part of his efforts to promote Santali culture. Every other major language
in India had its own alphabet, so he thought Santali should as well.
Until the invention of this alphabet, Santali was either not written
at all, or was written with the Bengali
or Oriya alphabets. Christian
missionaries prefer to write Santali with the Latin
Used to write:
Santali or Santhali (Satār), a Munda language
spoken by about 5.8 million people in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.
The alphabet was designed for a southern dialect of Santali spoken in
the Mayurbhanj district of the Indian state of Orissa.
Santali is also written with the Oriya,
and Latin alphabets.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are
endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a
spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Tower of Babel in Santali
Information about the Ol Cemet' script (includes a free Ol Cemet' font)
Information about Santali and the Munda languages
Borama / Gadabuursi,
Carpathian Basin Rovas,
Old Church Slavonic,
Oirat Clear Script,
Székely-Hungarian Rovás (Hungarian Runes),