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Ogham Alphabet

Tool to translate Oghamic writing (Ogham) that uses a medieval and celtic/irish alphabet made with horizontal and vertical lines.

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What is the oghamic writing? (Definition)

The Ogham (or Ogam) language/script is based on an early Irish alphabet composed mainly of 20 basic symbols corresponding to certain letters of the classical Latin alphabet. There are sometimes other rare symbols that appear in manuscripts that are combinations of letters.

The symbol materializes the beginning and the end of a sentence or a text.

Here is the list of symbols and the equivalent(s) by transcription in the English alphabet:

BZ
LR
F/VA
SO
NU
HE
DI
TEA
KOI
QUI
MP/IO
GCH/X/AE
GN/YP

Oghamic writing is often vertical but recent adaptation has led to more horizontal writing. NB: some scripts have been written from top to bottom and not from bottom to top.

How to encrypt using Ogham cipher?

The Ogham encryption is performed by a replacement of the Ogham symbols by 20 letters of the alphabet.

Example: CELT is written char(99)char(101)char(108)char(116) horizontally or vertically:
char(67)
char(69)
char(76)
char(84)
char(69)

dCode replaces the missing Latin letters with others: J=>I, K=>Q, P=>NG, V=>U, W=>U, X=>Z.

The writing of figures and numbers is not documented and does not appear on the inscriptions on engraved stones found in Ireland/celtic countries.

How to decrypt Ogham cipher?

Ogham reading/decryption requires the correspondence between the letters of the alphabet Ogham and our usual Latin alphabet.

Example: char(111)char(103)char(104)char(97)char(109) is decoded OGHAM

How to recognize Ogham ciphertext?

The Ogham symbols generally follow a vertical or horizontal line. The message is composed of bars, sticks, horizontal and vertical lines.

What are the variants of the Ogham cipher?

The writing can be vertical or horizontal.

What is the Ogham Alphabet (Unicode)?

The Ogham alphabet is included in the Unicode standard, here are the characters:

When was Ogham invented?

Historians date the Ogham to around the 4th century.

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