Letter M

1. The Ma found on very early Sinhala inscription is different to those of the Asokan script. The early Ma was used on the inscriptions of Devenampiyatissa a contempory of Asoka.It takes the form of Tabula form of a English letter U with a cross bar extending between the two vertical line. The later Sinhala Ma takes the shape of Asokan Ma , which develops through the ages into the present Ma. A similar Ma is shown on an early coin like object  page Vowel A. An inscription of a Majhi Maraja is identified by S.Paranavitne as that of the Kshtriya families from Kataragama, South Sri Lanka is perhaps decendent of the Matsya  [ fish] clan. Related to the Buddha mother clan who migrated to the Island. This early inscription about the time of King Devenampiyatissa  has many Ma letters.

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3. An early letter similar to the letters ofm 5 Cent BC  upto 2 cent BC  showm abve is found on a Fish tokens found at Tissamaharama Ruhuna is shown below

 

 

An example of the Sigiri Mirror wall script.

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