The Kabena'o script is the creation of aLfie vera mella and is
based on the Tagalog/Alibata script. It appears
in a book entitled Engkanto: A Bestiary of Philippine Mythical Beings
(Book One: Bantay-Katubigan) which aLfie is currently writing.
In the book the script is used to write the language of the
bantay-katubigan (Philippine aquatic fairies).
- The script is normally engraved on driftwood, shells, or slabs of
hardened terracotta using styli made from corals.
- The symbols, which are each made up of five wavy lines, all resemble fish.
- Every symbol except ka contains a dot-like diacritic called matang-isda,
- The script is traditionally written in columns running from top to bottom
and from right to left, although it can also be written from left to right
in descending horizontal lines.
- The script consists of 16 symbols: one representing the vowel a,
and 15 the consonantal syllables ba, sa, ka, ha, la, ga, ma, ya, na, nga,
pa, ra, da, wa, ta. The a can be changed to other vowels or muted
Sample text in Kabena'o
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Extracts from Engkanto: A Bestiary of Philippine Mythical Beings
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