Santali alphabet (Ol Cemet'/Ol Chiki)   Ol Cemet'

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 alphabet.

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, Bengali, Devanagari and Latin alphabets.

Santali alphabet and numerals

Sample texts

Sample text in Santali in the Ol Chiki alphabet

Source: http://wesanthals.tripod.com/Disomk05/DK0361a.html

Sample text in Santali in the Devanagari alphabet

Translation

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

Links

Information about the Ol Cemet' script (includes a free Ol Cemet' font)
http://www.wesanthals.org

Information about Santali and the Munda languages
http://www.livingtongues.org/moremunda.html

Munda languages

Gadaba, Ho, Kurukh, Mundari, Santali, Sora

Alphabets

Armenian, Avestan, Bassa (Vah), Beitha Kukju, Borama / Gadabuursi, Carian, Carpathian Basin Rovas, Chinuk pipa, Coorgi-Cox, Coptic, Cyrillic, Dalecarlian runes, Elbasan, Etruscan, Galik, Georgian (Asomtavruli), Georgian (Nuskhuri), Georgian (Mkhedruli), Glagolitic, Gothic, Greek, Irish (Uncial), Kaddare, Khazarian Rovas, Korean, Latin, Lycian, Lydian, Manchu, Meroïtic, Mongolian, N'Ko, Ogham, Old Church Slavonic, Oirat Clear Script, Old Italic, Old Permic, Orkhon, Phrygian, Pollard script, Runic, Santali, Székely-Hungarian Rovás (Hungarian Runes), Somali (Osmanya), Sutton SignWriting, Tai Lue, Thaana, Todhri, Uyghur


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