Lepcha alphabet

The Lepcha script is an abugida used by the Lepcha people of the spelling of their language.

The Lepcha script was designed by a legend of a sikkimischem king in the 17th century. She is a direct descendant of the Tibetan script and was initially modeled after the Chinese script, written vertically from top to bottom. Later they switched to horizontal writing direction - thereby the letters were rotated with the writing direction, making the current typeface was created.

This rotation provides rather unusual properties of some among the Indian scriptures. So consonants are not marked at the end of a syllable with a Virama, but is instead marked with special diacritics, which are placed over the preceding consonant. An exception to this the sign of a ng at the end of a syllable dar. This comes etymologically from the Chandrabindu and is written before the preceding consonants and before the preceding vowel. The syllable king would thus be written as NGIK.