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Letras Y Figuras: Eskayan Enigma - 36 Days of Type

Collection

Personal Project

 Year

2023

Category

Illustration

Letras Y Figuras: Eskayan Enigma - 36 Days of Type 

 

For this year's #36DaysOfType, I decided to create a series of letterform visualizing the glyphs of the enigmatic Eskayan script—a writing system used by an indigenous group in Bohol, Philippines called the Eskaya. 

ORIGIN

It is believed that the Eskayan language is created by a wise ancestor named Pinay, who lived before the Spanish colonization of Bohol in the late 1500s. According to some oral traditions, he wrote the language/script on wooden tablets and hid them in a cave. These tablets were rediscovered in the 20th century by rebel leader Mariano Datahan, who decoded Pinay's words and shared the language and script with his followers.

 

In a different version, Mariano Datahan was the person who stored Eskaya records in a cave after receiving vision/linguistic inspiration directly from Pinay. The Eskaya people primarily use the Eskayan script for ceremonial purposes, such as recording genealogies, religious texts, and cultural traditions. It's worth noting that the Eskayan script is relatively obscure and not widely known or recognized outside of the Eskaya community.​​​​​​​ 

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