The Ol Onal alphabet was created between 1981-1992 by Ol Guru Mahendra Nath Sardar, a Bhumij linguist from Mahadevdihi in the Mayurbanj region of Odisha. It is used to write Bhumij, a language spoken by about 100,000 people mainly in the India states of West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand. Bhumij is considered to be a dialect of Mundari by most people. A number of books have been published in this alphabet.
Bhumij is also written with the Devanagari alphabet.
जोतो होड़ोको के मान् आर अधिकार रेया पाईटी रे जन्मजुग आते नवारी ओडोअ् बाराबारी नाम आकाना। आजके बुद्धि ओडोअ् अन्तर आत्मा आते नाम आकाना ओडोअ् सोंगेरे आजके दादा भाई रूपते मान्ती दरकार।
Joto hoṛoko ke mān ār ôdhikār reyā pāīṭī re jônmôjug āte nôwārī oḍoô bārābārī nām ākānā. Ājke buddhi oḍoô ôntôr ātmā āte nām ākānā oḍoô soṅgere ājke dādā bhāī rūpte māntī dôrkār.
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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