2017 Feb 27
In more ways than one, Sri Lanka’s beauty in various aspects is unchallenged; the lush green mountains filled with the rolling tea bushes, the gold sandy beaches, the blue waters. It’s all unimaginable beauty. Our culture is unique, with rituals, dance forms and music that is breath taking. Yet, something that many overlook is the one of a kind language and writing in Sri Lanka.
Coming across a list of the 5 of the world’s most beautiful alphabets, the Sinhalese alphabet was named the second most beautiful in the world. Considered one of the most expansive alphabets in the world, Sinhalese has more than 50 phonemes, though only 38 are frequently used in contemporary writing.
The low geographical relevance of the Sinhalese alphabet (confined to the island of Sri Lanka) is its greatest threat. Restricted to the island we call home, Sinhalese writing will endure for a good while yet, even if its usage decreases over time.
Also included in the list were Georgian (Georgia), Tagalog (Philippines), Hanacaraka (Indonesia) and Burmese (Myanmar), which appeared at the top of the list as the most attractive alphabet.