Santali language to start with, never had any script of its own. Besides being written in Roman script, in West Bengal- Bengali script, in Orissa - Oriya script and in Bihar- Nagari script were used to write Santali language. the modern literature which is being created by educated Santals on the model of the literature in the Aryan languages, particularly Bengali, Oriya and to some extent Hindi. The second type of literature does not have any special Santali character about it. There are two great works in Santal containing collections of old traditions and legends. The first is Hor-ko-ren mare Harprarn-ko-reak Katha or 'The Traditions of the Ancestors of the Hor or Santal people' The Traditions of the Ancestors of the Hor or Santal people'. The traditions contained in this work were given out by a Santal guru or preacher named Kolean (Kalyan). This oral narration was published by a Scandinavian Missionary Rev. A. S. Skrefrsud in year 1887. It was in roman script. It is a great compilation of Santali stories and legends in their earliest forms. The second work is Kherwal-Vamsa Dharam-Puthi or 'The sacred Book of the Kherwal Race' (Kherwal is an old name for the Santals and other allied Kol people. It is a compilation as well as composition by Ramdas Majhi Tudu of Ghatrida (Bihar) who was very well informed about the traditions of his people and its religious and social culture. This book was published in 1902. It was in Bengali script......... more
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