Meitei Mayek alphabet

Meitei Mayek Alphabet

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Meetei Mayek script (also Meithei Mayek, Meitei Mayek, Manipuri script) (Manipuri: Meetei Mayek) is an abugida that was used for the Meitei language (Manipuri), one of the official languages of the Indian state of Manipur, until the eighteenth century, and was replaced by the Bengali script. A few manuscripts survive (right). In the twentieth century the script experienced a resurgence.

Meetei Mayek is a Brahmic script with an uncertain history. Since the Meitei language does not have voiced consonants, there are only fifteen consonant letters used for native words, plus three letters for pure vowels. Nine additional consonant letters inherited from the Indic languages are available for borrowings. There are seven vowel diacritics and a final consonant () diacritic. Every letter is named after a body part of human being.


Meitei Mayek script was added to the Unicode Standard in October, 2009 with the release of version 5.2.

The Unicode block for Meitei Mayek, called Meetei Mayek, is U+ABC0–U+ABFF:

External links

  • , the language based Yahoo Group about Manipuri Art and Literature


  • Chelliah, Shobhana L. (1997). A grammar of Meithei. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. ISBN 0-19-564331-3.
  • Chelliah, Shobhana L. (2002). Early Meithei manuscripts. In C. I. Beckwith (Ed.), Medieval Tibeto-Burman languages: PIATS 2000: Tibetan studies: Proceedings of the ninth seminar of the International Association of Tibetan Studies, Leiden 2000 (pp.......
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