Ranjana script   Ranjana

The Ranjana script, which is also known as Kutila or Lantsa, is one of the many alphabets derived from the Brahmi script. It developed during the 11th century AD and was used until the mid-20th century in India and Nepal by the Newar people to write the Newar language.

Tibetans use this script, which they call Lantsa, for writing the Sanskrit titles of books which have been translated from Sanskrit to Tibetan, and for decoration in temples and mandalas. There are also a few texts printed with alternating lines in Sanskrit in the Lantsa script followed by a Tibetan translation. There were many original Sanskrit manuscripts written in Lantsa preserved in the old monasteries of Tibet but most of these were destroyed following the Chinese take-over.

In addition, the Ranjana script is/was used mainly for decoration by Buddhists in China, Mongolia and Japan.

Notable features

Ranjana script

The pronunciation is shown for the Newar language.

Vowels and vowel diacritics (स्वर वण)

Ranjana vowels & vowel diacritics

Consonants (व्यञ्जना वण)

Ranjana consonants

How to write and pronounce the Ranjana script:

Numerals (अङ्क)

Ranjana numerals

Sample text (by Krozan Kapali)

Sample text in the Ranjana alphabet

Translation

Every person should be given his right and should live being as brothers and sisters.

Sample text (Homage to Tara)

Sample text in the Ranjana alphabet

Transliteration (Tibetan alphabet)

Tibetan version of the Ranjana sample

Transliteration (Latin alphabet)

Om tare tuttare ture prajna hrim hrim svaha.

Translation

Melodious One, the Treasure of Intelligence.

Source: www.taramandala.org/

Sample text (UDHR Article 1) in Newar

Article 1 of the UDHR in the Ranjana script in Newar

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)

Details provided by Biswajit Mandal (biswajitmandal[dot]bm90[at]gmail[dot]com)

Information about Newar | Phrases | Ranjana script | Newa script (Prachalit Nepal)

Links

Information about Ranjana
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranjana_script
http://lantsha-vartu.org/ranjanascript/index.html
https://unicode.org/L2/L2016/16015-ranjana.pdf

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

Ahom, Aima, Badaga, Balinese, Balti-A, Balti-B, Batak, Baybayin (Tagalog), Bengali, Bhaiksuki, Bhujimol, Bilang-bilang, Bima, Blackfoot, Brahmi, Buhid, Burmese, Carrier, Chakma, Cham, Cree, Dehong Dai, Devanagari, Dham Lipi, Dhankari / Sirmauri, Ditema, Dives Akuru, Dogra, Ethiopic, Evēla Akuru, Fraser, Gond, Goykanadi, Grantha, Gujarati, Gunjala Gondi, Gupta, Gurmukhi, Hanifi, Hanuno'o, Ibalnan, Inuktitut, Jaunsari Takri, Javanese, Jenticha, Kaithi, Kadamba, Kamarupi, Kannada, Kawi, Kerinci, Kharosthi, Khema, Khe Phri, Khmer, Khojki, Khudabadi, Kirat Rai, Kōchi, Kulitan, Lampung, Lanna, Lao, Lepcha, Limbu, Lontara/Makasar, Lota Ende, Magar Akkha, Mahajani, Malayalam, Manpuri, Meroïtic, Masarm Gondi, Modi, Mon, Mongolian Horizontal Square Script, Multani, Nandinagari, Newa, Ojibwe, Odia, Pahawh Hmong, Pallava, Phags-pa, Purva Licchavi, Ranjana, Redjang, Sasak, Savara, Satera Jontal, Shan, Sharda, Siddham, Sinhala, Sorang Sompeng, Sourashtra, Soyombo, Sundanese, Syloti Nagri, Tagbanwa, Takri, Tamil, Tanchangya (Ka-Pat), Tani, Thaana, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigalari, Tikamuli, Tocharian, Tolong Siki, Vatteluttu, Warang Citi


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