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The Limbu, or Kirat Sirijonga, script is used by around 400,000 people in Nepal and India. This Unicode-encoded font has been designed to support literacy and materials development in the Limbu language.
According to traditional histories the Limbu script was developed by King Sirijonga in the 9th Century. It then fell out of use before being reintroduced in the 18th century by Teongsi Sirijonga (1704-1741) whom many felt to be the reincarnation of the first Sirijonga. The modern Sirijonga was apparently martyred in 1741 for the sake of this script by lamas in Sikkim. The script was named 'Sirijonga' in his honour by the Limbu scholar Iman Singh Chemjong.
This font makes use of the OpenType smart font technology. At this time, there is little (or no) support for the Limbu script in commercial rendering systems. One implication is that the OpenType implementation in the font is not optimal. For that reason we are keeping the font as a Font in Development.
Namdhinggo SIL is freely available and may be used by anyone at no cost. It is released under the SIL Open Font License, a free and open source license that permits modification and redistribution.
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