The Pau Cin Hau script was created in 1902 by Pau Cin Hau, a religious leader in Chin State in the northwest of Burma / Myanmar. The original script was logographic and consisted of 1,050 symbols, which was the number of characters in a religious text. He also developed a simplified alphabetic version of the script with 57 letters.
The letters used in the Pau Cin Hau script are similar to the letters of the Latin and Burmese scripts. The script is known as Paw-Cín-Hàw-Lày (Pau Chin Hau script) or Tual-Lày (local script).
The Pau Cin Hau script can be used to write Tedim, a Kukish language spoken in northwestern Burma / Myanmar, and other related languages. It has been used for some Christian literature in the early 20th century. After most speakers of Tedim and other Chin languages became Christians in the 1950s, people started using the Latin alphabet rather than Pau Cin Hau script.
The alphabetic version of Pau Cin Hau script was encoded in Unicode in 2014. The logographic script has yet to be encoded.
Download an alphabet chart for Pau Cin Hau (Excel)
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Information about the Pau Cin Hau script provided by Wolfram Siegel
Information about Pau Cin Hau and his script
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