Balinese script is an abugida that was used to write the Balinese language, an Austronesian language spoken by about
three million people on the Indonesian island of Bali.
use of the Balinese alphabet has mostly been replaced by the
. Although it is
learned in school, few people use it. It is mostly used in temples
and for religious writings.
The Balinese script was derived from the Old
alphabet, which ultimately derived from the Brahmi alphabet
, the root of all the Indic
and Southeast Asian abugidas.
Like most abugidas, each letter has an inherent vowel of /a/. Other
vowels are indicated by using diacritics
which can appear above, below, to the left, or to the right of the
Similarities with the Javanese script
The Balinese and Javanese scripts
are essentially typographic variants.
Balinese in Unicode
range for Balinese is U+1B00 ...
U+1B7F. Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points.