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Rejang (Baso (Hə)jang) Re(d)jang alphabet (Surat Ulu)

Rejang or Redjang is a member of the Bornean branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family spoken by about 200,000 people on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, in parts of Bengkulu Province, around Argamakmur, Muaraaman, Curup, and Kepahiang, and also in the Rawas area of South Sumatra Province. There are five major dialects of Rejang: Lebong, Musi, Kebanagung, Pesisir and Rawas.

Rejang is not to be confused with the Rejang-Baram group of languages spoken in Sarawak and Kalimantan on Borneo, which are quite different.

Rejang alphabet Re(d)jang alphabet (Surat Ulu)

The Rejang alphabet belongs to a group of scripts known as Surat Ulu ('upstream script'), which includes Bengkulu, Lembak, Lintang, Lebong, and Serawai script variants. It is also sometimes known as Kaganga, after the first three letters, and is related to the Batak and Buginese alphabets. It is ultimately descended from the Brahmi script of ancient India by way of the Pallava and Old Kawi scripts.

The earliest known document written in the Rejang alphabet dates from the mid-18th century

Notable features

Rejang alphabet

Rejang alphabet

Thanks to T. R. Carlton of the University of Alberta for corrections to the script chart and for additional information.

Rejang Latin alphabet and pronunciation

Rejang Latin alphabet and pronunciation

C, q, v, x and z are only used in loanwords.


Latin alphabet for Rejang provided by Michael Peter Füstumum and Fikri Anurudha

Sample text

Sample text in Rejang


Bahwa sesungguhnya kemerdekaan itu ialah hak segala bangsa, dan oleh sebab itu maka penjajahan diatas dunia harus dihapuskan. Karena tidak sesuai dengan perikemanusiaan dan perikeadilan.


Whereas independence is a genuine right of all nations and any form of alien occupation should thus be erased from the earth as not in conformity with humanity and justice. (1st paragraph of the preamble of 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia).

Sample text and corrections provided by Ridwan Maulana. If you have any questions about this script, you can contact Ridwan at


Information about the Rejang alphabet, language and people (PDF)

Bornean languages

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

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