Vatteluttu — 500 AD, India

Vatteluttu "na"

In southern India, the Tamil people first used the Tamil-Brahmi script, and then over time, developed the Vatteluttu (also called Vattezhuttu) script.  From what I can tell, this was an evolutionary change and not a sudden invention.

Vatteluttu was used from about 500 AD to about 1500 AD, mostly used to write Tamil and sometimes Malayalam.  Tamil-Brahmi was also widely used to write Tamil and sometimes Malayalam.  This multiplicity of scripts was able to happen because there was not a centralized government to impose a practice — either by edict or by custom — of using one or the other script.

Eventually, two different scripts displaced both Vatteluttu and Tamil-Brahmi, one for Tamil and one for Malayalam.

There were two regional variants of Vatteluttu: Kolezhuthu and Malayanma.  There was almost no difference between the scripts, except that Kolezhuthu script didn’t allow endings in a, e, or u.

Links: Wikipedia, Ancient Scripts, C. Radhakrishnan

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