The Burmese or Myanmar script is a Brahmi-style syllabic alphabet, most likely adopted from the Mon script in the 12th century AD. The script is an abugida, written from left to right. There are thirty-three initial consonants. Like other scripts in the Brahmi lineage, a single sign or letter represents a full syllable with the inherent vowel /a/. The only exception is the letter 'a' which represents a vowel in the beginning of a word.

Tattoos come from the Tatu peoples of the Shan province of Myanmar where it has been a common practice for centuries.


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