Rencong alphabet

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Rencong
Type Abugida
Languages Besemah, Lampung, Rejang, Serawai, and others
Time period
c. 13th–now
Parent systems
Sister systems
Balinese
Batak
Baybayin
Kulitan
Buhid
Hanunó'o
Javanese
Lontara
Old Sundanese
Rejang
Tagbanwa
U+A930–U+A95F
Detail of a Kerinci Rencong manuscript (KITLV Or. 239).The text reads (Voorhoeve's spelling): "haku manangis ma / njaru ka'u ka'u di / saru tijada da / tang [hitu hadik sa]", which is translated by Voorhoeve as: "I am weeping, calling you; though called, you do not come" (hitu adik sa- is the rest of 4th line]
Rencong alphabet (Kerinci)

Rencong script is a writing system used to write Malay in central and southern Sumatra (Kerinci, Bengkulu, Palembang and Lampung). The script lasted until the 18th century which was before the Dutch colonised Indonesia. It was gradually replaced by the Jawi script, a slightly modified Arabic script.

The Malay used Rencong or Rencang script, Kawi script and Lampung script in ancient times. Studies showed that these writings are related to the ancient Cambodian writings. The script is also related to the Batak script.

Rencong script was written on tree bark, bamboo, horns and palmyra-palm leaves.

Unicode

The Unicode Standard began supporting Rencong script in April, 2008 with the release of version 5.1.

The Unicode block is named Rejang and covers U+A930–U+A95F. Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points:

Rejang[1]
Unicode.org chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+A93x ꤿ
U+A94x
U+A95x
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 6.3

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