AKSARA KAWI (from
* 1 Overview * 2 See also * 3 Notes * 4 External links
Kawi is derived from the Pallava script mentioned by scholars of Southeast Asian studies such as George Coedès and D. G. E. Hall as the basis of several writing systems of Southeast Asia. The Pallava script was primarily used to write middle Tamil .
The earliest known texts in Kavi date from the
Singhasari kingdom in
The scripts are abugidas , meaning that characters are read with an inherent vowel. Diacritics are used, either to suppress the vowel and represent a pure consonant, or to represent other vowels.
The literary genre written in this alphabet is called Kakawin .
A well-known document written in Kawi is the Laguna Copperplate
Inscription , found in 1989 in
Laguna de Bay , in the metroplex of
Butuan Ivory Seal " (The left hand image is the seal itself; the
right hand image shows how a print from the seal would appear.)
The Kawi lettering reads "Butban". The three square seal style
characters are BA, TA and NA; the leftward curl underneath BA is the
/u/ vowel diacritic, changing the syllable to BU; the small
heart-shaped character under TA is the subscript conjunct form of BA
which also removes the default /a/ vowel from TA; the large curl to
the upper right is the Kawi virama , which indicates the default /a/
vowel on NA is not pronounced. The three blocks of characters together
read ". In both
* ^ A B Prelimininary proposal for encoding the
Kawi script in the
* ^ De Casparis, J. G. Indonesian Palaeography: A History of
Writing in Indonesia from the beginnings to c. AD 1500, Leiden/Koln,
* ^ http://www.ancientscripts.com/kawi.html
* ^ "Expert on past dies; 82".
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