Sunday, 6 November 2011

Another Beautiful thing from Bali!

Ever wondered about that curly writing you see at the gates of Balinese temples or on some street and public signs along with Bahasa and English?  This is the abc used for it. Like the Javanese KAWI script to which it is closely related its ancestor is the Brahmi script brought to SE Asia by Hindu / Buddhist traders priests sages and teachers before Islam. It's called hanaxaraka and also dentawiyanjana and tulisan.

It also has vowel signs not shown here and extra letters only used for transcribing Sanskrit words in religious manuscripts.

Quietly yet powerfully elegant like Bali itself!

Except perhaps for certain parts of Denpasar and Kuta that are not a suitable topic for this blog?