Tibetan Language: Scripts

In general, there are two main scripts used in the writing of the Tibetan language.  Most common is the script known as ‘U chen’, meaning ‘having a head’.  The ‘head’ is the horizontal line at the top of each of the letters.  This ‘head’ is always drawn first when writing the letter.  The second main script is known as ‘U med’, meaning ‘without a head’.  Therefore, these letters are drawn without the horizontal line at the top and are also more stylized.  There are two major kinds of U med script.  The jib type of U med has letters that are blocked, or square.  There are three or four major types of jib.  the second major kind of U med is called dru.  The dru type of U med has letters that are elongated.  Unique when writing with U med is the use of kung yig, or hidden letters.  This is similar to the use of contractions in English but is greatly expanded.  For example, the word ‘Tukjé’ meaning ‘compassion’ is spelled in Tibetan rthugs rjes.  When written in U med it is almost always abbreviated to thye.  Most of the Yungdrung Bön scriptures are written in Umed.

Uchen script

An Example of the U chen script

Umed script square

An example of the U med script jib

Umed long

An example of the U med script dru

Posted on August 1, 2013, in Tibetan Language, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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