- Type of writing system: abugida - each letter represents a consonant with an
inherent vowel. Other vowels were indicated using a variety of diacritics
and separate letters.
- Letters are grouped according to the way they are pronounced.
- Many letters have more than one form.
- Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
Vowels and vowel diacritics
Asokan Edict - Delhi Inscription
devānaṁpiye piyadasi lājā hevaṁ āhā ye atikaṁtaṁ
aṁtalaṁ lājāne husa hevaṁ ichisu kathaṁ jane
dhaṁmavaḍhiyā vāḍheya nocujane anulupāyā dhaṁmavaḍhiyā
vaḍhithā etaṁ devānaṁpiye piyadasi lājā hevaṁ āhā esame
huthā atākaṁtaṁ ca aṁtalaṁ hevaṁ ichisu lājāne katha jane
Thus spoke king Devanampiya Piyadasi: “Kings of the olden time have gone to heaven under
these very desires. How then among mankind may religion (or growth in grace) be increased?
Yea, through the conversion of the humbly-born shall religion increase”
Some modern descendants of Brāhmī
Information about Brāhmī
The Edicts of King Asoka
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Some of the writing systems used to write Sanskrit
- Baybayin (Tagalog),
- Dehong Dai,
- Dives Akuru,
- Evēla Akuru,
- Mongolian Horizontal Square Script,
- New Tai Lue,
- Pahawh Hmong,
- Satera Jontal,
- Sorang Sompeng,
- Syloti Nagri,
- Tigalari (Tulu),
- Tolong Siki,
- Varang Kshiti
The Brahmi script was the
ancestor of all
South Asian writing
addition, many East and Southeast Asian scripts,
such as Burmese, Thai,
Tibetan, and even
Japanese to a very small extent (vowel order),
were also ultimately derived from the Brahmi
script. Thus the Brahmi script was the Indian
equivalent of the Greek script that gave arise
to a host of different systems. You can take a
the evolution of Indian scripts,
the evolution of Southeast Asian scripts.
Both of these pages are located at the very
Languages and Scripts of India.
You can also take a look at
Asoka’s edict at Girnar,
inscribed in the Brahmi script.