According to Lepcha tradition, the Lepcha script was invented by the Lepcha
scholar Thikúng Men Salóng sometime during the 17th century.
The inventor of the script was probably inspired by Buddhist missionaries.
Another theory is that the script developed during the early years of
the 18th century.
Today the Lepcha script is used in newspapers, magazines, textbooks,
collections of poetry, prose and plays.
Type of writing system: syllabic alphabet - each letter has an inherent vowel
/a/. Other vowels are indicated using diacritics. When vowels appear on
their own or at the beginning of a syllable, separate letters are used to
Vowels can be used either at the beginning or end of a syllable.
Consonants can all be used at the beginning of a syllable. Only some of
them appear in syllable-final position and are written with special
diacritics when they do.
Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines and there are
spaces between words.
Used to write:
Lepcha (Róng-Ríng), a Tibeto-Burman
language spoken by about 65,00 people in the Indian states of Sikkim,
West Bengal and Kalimpong, and also in Nepal and Bhutan.
Lepcha (Róng) script
Vowel diacritics and final consonant diacritics
The Lepcha font used on this page was created by Jason Glavy
Thanks to Heleen Plaisier for help with the information on this page.