While he was engaged in a study of bilingualism among the Karen of western Thailand, the writer encountered three scripts which had been developed for Pwo Karen out of two writing systems closely related to each other, those of the Mon and the Burmese. The first is known as the "Mission script", the second is called "Phu Ta Maik" or "Monastic script" and the third system is closely related with the Leke sect, a millenarian Buddhist movement among the Karen. This third system is often called "chicken-scratch writing".
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