Glyph writing direction

Kala glyphs can be arranged in various ways. Given that it is an epigraphic script, most of the directional variations would depend on the structure or materials being carved on.


As can be seen in the image, there are three standard writing directions, each indicated by a particular marker (in green). These markers are not required but aid in determining reading direction. Kyepe means “zig-zag” and the glyphs are read similar to Mayan. The kyepe direction is the most decorative and therefore the least common. Noki means “vertical” and nota means “horizontal”, these are self-explanatory. The tletsa (column) method is rare but can be used to conserve space on a surface.

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