Before the invention of the the Sorang Sompeng script, the Sora language
was written with the Latin,
Telugu or Oriya
scripts. Speakers of Telugu and Oriya were keen to promote their scripts
to the Sora people, who, instead of choosing one or the other, decided
to try to come up with their own script.
Malia Gomango, an influential leader of the non-Christian Sora, inspired
his son-in-law, Mangei Gomango to come up with a Sora script. Mangei
Gomango, who was familiar with Oriya, Telugu and English, headed for
the hills and the Sorang Sompeng alphabet came to him in a vision on
18 June 1936. He also founded a religious order dedicated to Akshara
The alphabet is used in primary and adult education and in various
Each consonant has an inherent vowel /a/. Other vowels are indicated
by separate letters.
Used to write
Sora (Savara), a Munda language with 273,911 speakers
in the Indian states of Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar,
Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Assam.