The Rejang script was used until the 1960s to write Rejang, a North Bornean language spoken in Bengkulu Province in Indonesia. is not known when this script was first used, but the earlist known document in Rejang in this script dates from the mid-18th century.
The Rejang script is also known as Aksaro Riking ("lines by the knife") or Kaganga (from the first three letters). It is classified as belonging to a group of scripts known as Surat Ulu ("upstream scripts"), which includes the Bengkulu, Lembak, Lintang, Lebong and Serawai scripts. It is widely believed to be evolved from Indic scripts that were used in Srivijaya Kingdom, a city-state based on Sumatra from 650-1377 AD.
Literacy in Rejang declined after colonisation of Sumatra by the British and Dutch from the early 17th century. Since the 1960s Rejang has been written with a version of the Latin alphabet.
There are also ways to write numerals in Rejang (angka bejagung): More details (PDF).
Kutê tun laher mêrdeka, tmuan hok-hok dê srai. Kutê nagiak-ba akêa peker ngen atêi, kêrno o kêlok-nê bêkuat-ba do ngen luyên lêm asai sêpasuak.
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)
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).
Information and corrections provided by T. R. Carlton of the University of Alberta, Michael Peter Füstumum, Fikri Anurudha and Ridwan Maulana.
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