Writing

Over time, people living in India have used many different writing systems. These systems were generally developed record down different types of information as the need arose.

Seal with Indus Valley script
Seal with Indus Valley script

The first Indian script, developed in the Indus Valley around 2600 B.C. is still undeciphered. Thus, it is still not possible to fully understand this civilization, as we have no readable records of their beliefs, history, rulers or literature.

Coin with Brahmi script
Coin with Brahmi script
Later Indian scripts, like Brahmi and Kharosthi were developed to write both official and local languages. Great epics, royal inscriptions, religious texts and administrative documents were all written using these scripts. Through these sources we are able to learn about the literature, mythology, history and beliefs of ancient India.


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