Magar is a member of the Greater Magaric branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It is spoken by about 841,000 people mainly in central Nepal, and also in West Bengal and Sikkim in the northeast of India. Magar is also known as Magar, Magari, Mangar, Mangari or Syangja Magar.
According to Ethnologue, there are two Magar languages: Eastern Magar and Western Magar.
There are about 462,000 speakers of Eastern Magar in central Nepal, particularly in the Bagmati, Gandaki, Lumbini zones. There are also about 71,700 Eastern Magar speakers in the South district of Sikkim State, and in Darjeeling in West Bengal in the northeast of India.
Western Magar has about 308,000 speakers in Nepal, mainly in the Gandaki and Lumbini zones, and also in the Bheri and Dhawalagiri zones.
There is some literature in Magar, including collections of poems and songs, and a few novels. In Nepal it is written with the Devanagari alphabet. In Nepal and Sikkim a script known as Magar Akkha is used to some extent. It is a descendent of the Brahmi script, and is thought to have developed during the 11th century.
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Source: New Testament in Magar, Nepal Bible Society, Kathmandu
Details provided by Biswajit Mandal (biswajitmandal[dot]bm90[at]gmail[dot]com)
पट्ट भर्मीको मनीटा, लोयाटाङ फून्चलीन स्वतन्त्र बरोबर ले। इसको अक्कीलको दामन राहाचवाटै लाहालाहाङ आस्काटकठा भोइयो बेहोर जाट्को पर्ले।
patta bʰrmi̤ko mani̤tʌ, lojʌtʌŋ pʰuntsalin swatantra baro̤bar le. isko əkkilko dʌman rʌhʌtsawʌtɛ lʌhʌlʌhʌŋ ʌskʌtaktʰa bʰehor dzʌtko parle̤.
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)
Information about Magar
https://ne.wikipedia.org/wiki/मगर_भाषा मगर ढुट
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