posted on Oct, 27 2003 @ 08:46 AM
The former residence of Tunmi Sangbozha, the inventor of Tibetan characters has been found in a village in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
This is particularly interesting, since we know very little about people who "invented" systems of writing. The fact that he is known as the
"inventor" suggests that he was literate in another language (probably Chinese) and already knew how to write. From what we know of language and
symbols, alphabets don't just "spring up" overnight. Instead, they start out as signs that communicate things ("water -- thataway" or "My Name
Is UppieBoopie") and these signs develop into writing over a long period of time.