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Dives Akuru    Dhives akuru


Dives Akuru is a script that was once used in the Maldive Islands. It developed from the Grantha script and the earliest known inscription, found on Landhū Island in Southern Miladhunmadulhu Atoll, dates back to the 8th century AD. The script is thought to have been in use before then, however evidence of this has yet to be found.

The early Madivian scripts were divided into two variants, Dives Akuru, "island letters", and Evēla Akuru, "ancient letters", by H. C. P. Bell, who studied the Maldivian linguistics after retiring from the British colonial service in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in the early 20th century.

Dives Akuru developed from Evēla Akuru and was used mainly on tombstones, grants and on some monuments until about the 18th century, when it was replaced by the Thaana script. However in some of the southern Maldive islands, Dives Akuru continued to be used until the early 20th century. Today only scholars and hobbyists stil use the script.

Dives Akuru is also known as Dhives Akuru, Divehi Akuru or Dhivehi Akuru.

Notable features

Evēla Akuru

Evela Akuru script

Dives Akuru

Dives Akuru script

Adapted from: from images drawn by Xavier Romero-Frias

All consonant-vowel combinations

All consonant-vowel combinations in the Dives Akuru script

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Sample text in Dives Akuru

Sample text in the Dives Akuru script


Information about Evēla Akuru and Dives Akuru

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

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