Monday, December 22, 2008
While touring the National Museum in Jakarta's Taman Mini, we came across this alphabet chart of local scripts. Our cabbie was along for the tour and told us that there was a story associated with the alphabet. Using the consonants plus a vowel sound, a simple CV syllable pattern, a story was told about two great personages fighting it out till the death, something like a struggle between good and bad, with no positive resolution. What astounded us was not so much the story, but that it was tied to learning these alphabets, and that the cabbie, who learned it as a boy still remembered the story and the alphabets. There are several alphabets pictured here. I guess it goes to show how powerful stories can be as memory enhancers.
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