History and Development of the Shan Scripts, Theby Sai Kam Mong
The earliest reference to Syam or Shan is found in a Pagan inscription from A.D. 1120. From these early beginnings, author Sai Kam Mong explores the history of the Shan people and their close relationship with Burma and Northern Thailand, to provide a backdrop for the focus of his research: the development of the shan scripts.The book explores the possible origins of the Shan alphabet, citing the wide-ranging opinions of many scholars, and then delves into a careful analysis of the successive stages of the Shan script, from the earliest forms of Lik Hto Ngouk, through Lik Tou Moan and Hkun scripts, noting the problem and idiosyncrasies of each. In addition. it examines the spelling and handling of Pali words within religious writing in each of these scripts and the Yaun script. Excerpt from early manuscripts are presented as evidence
SAI KAM MONG earn an M.A. in history from the University of Mandalay and was a lecturer for many years in the department of history in Mandalay and Yangon University. He specializes in the history of the Shan in Myanmar.