is the oldest script of Javanese language
, and is derived from the Indic Brahmi
. A more recent script was Jawi. These scripts were used in the Singhasari kingdom of Java
. The more recent scripts were extant in the Majapahit Empire
The scripts are abugida which represent a syllable ending in a vowel, just as in the Sanskrit of Vedic times and Pali of Theravada times, thus annotation (virama) is needed to represent a pure consonant.
Kavi influenced baybayin in the Philippines.