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The Mandombe alphabet was devised in 1978 by David Wabeladio Payi from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It was apparently revealed in a dream to Simon Kimbangu, the prophet of the Kimbanguist Church. It is based on two shapes thought of as sacred that look like 5 and 2. It is intended to write the national languages of the Congo: Kikongo, Lingala, Tshiluba and Swahili.

Mandombe is taught is schools run by the Kimbanguist church in Angola, the Republic of the Congo, and the DRC. The Centre de l'Écriture Négro-Africaine (CENA), a Kimbanguist organisation, promotes the alphabet, and is developing ways to use it to write other Bantu languages.

Mandombe means "that which is black" in the Kikongo language. David Wabeladio Payi (1957-2013) was granted a patent for his script by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the then Republic of Zaïre (now the DRC) in 1982. It was officially introduced to the public in 1994.

Notable features

Mandombe alphabet

Mandombe alphabet

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Sample text (Lord's Prayer in Kikongo)

Sample text (Lord's Prayer in Kikongo)


Tata eto diena mu mazulu, bika nkumbu aku yazituswa; Bika kimfumu kiaku kiza; bika luzolo luaku luavangama vava ntoto mpe bonso mu zulu; Dia kweto kwalumbu kalumbu utuvana lumbu eki; Utu yambudila mfuka zeto, bonso beto mpe tuayambudidi batuavuidi mfuka; Kutu tualani mu mpukumunu ko, kansi utu tanina munkuambi. Ingeta

Source: http://www.hapax.qc.ca/pdf/notre-p%e8re-kikongo.pdf

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