Umê script

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Uchen script, umê script, and transliterations

Umê (Tibetan: དབུ་མེད་Wylie: dbu-med, IPA: [umɛ̂]; variant spellings include ume, u-me) is a cursive form of the Tibetan alphabet. The name means "headless," and is a style of the script used for both calligraphy and shorthand. A distinctive feature of umê compared to uchen is the absence of the horizontal guide line across the top of the letters. Between syllables, the tseg mark (་) often appears as a vertical stroke. There are two main kinds of umê writing:

  • Zhuza (Tibetan: འབྲུ་ཙ་Wylie: 'bru-tsa), used for writing documents.
  • Bêcug (Tibetan: དཔེ་ཚུགས་Wylie: dpe-tshugs), used for writing scriptures.

There is also a block form of the Tibetan alphabet, containing a horizontal line, referred to as uchen (Tibetan: དབུ་ཅན་Wylie: dbu-can, "with a head").

Another example of umê script; note the vertical tseg marks (་)

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