The Lontara script is descended from the Brahmi script of ancient India. The name lontara derives from the Malay word for the palmyra palm, lontar, the leaves of which are the traditional material for manuscripts in India, South East Asia and Indonesia.
Both scripts were once used to write laws, treaties, maps, etc in Bugis, but are now only used for marriage ceremonies. The Makassarese script is still widely used to write Makassarese (ᨅᨔ ᨆᨀᨔᨑ / Basa Mangkasara'), although the Latin alphabet is officially favoured.
The pallawa is used to separate rhythmico-intonational groups, and has a similar function to the fullstop and comma. It can also be used to denote the doubling of a word or its root.
nako əŋka taupasala. aja mupatalalowi pacalamu ritopasalae. pasitujuwimutowisa asalana pacalamu. apa ikonatu nagili dewatea. nako baicumupi asalana tauwe. muperajaisa. padatowi. nako pasalai tauwe. aja timucalai risitinajanaetosa asalana.
If you deal with a person guilty of something, do not punish him too harshly. Always make the punishment commensurable with the guilt, since God will be angry with you if the person's guilt is not great and you are exaggerating it. Equally, if a person is guilty, do not let him go without a punishment in accordance with his guilt.
Sininna rupa tau ri jajiangngi rilinoe nappunnai manengngi riasengnge alebbireng . Nappunai riasengnge akkaleng, nappunai riasengnge ati marennni na sibole bolena pada sipakatau pada massalasureng.
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)
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