There are three extant documents written in Wosite script. They are called the Hotsuma Tsutae, the Futomani, and the Misakafumi. Here we show an excerpt from the Hotsuma Tsutae, lines 2576-2583. Wosite literature is read from top to bottom and right to left, the same as in traditional Nihongo. The Wosite documents have been composed and written as poetry with a five-seven rhythm, said to be the rhythm of earth and cosmos.
Each character is read as a syllable, consonant first and vowel second. There are only two sounds, a consonant and a vowel in each syllable. For pure vowels, of course, there is no consonant at all. There are 48 such syllables.
We will show how the syllables are written, starting with their vowel sounds. We will find that the Wosite written language is full of meaning, especially having to do with the energies of creation of Universe. As for spoken Wosite, it may be considered kototama, that is, spoken Wosite carries the power of sound energy. Therefore, one speaks in a responsible manner.
There are five vowels. The vowels are a, i, u, e, o. They are always given in this order because the order represents cosmological process.
A Utuho “space” Originating energy/process
I Kase “wind” Vibrating energy/process
U Ho “fire” Burning energy/process
E Mitu “water” Flowing energy/process
O Hani “earth” Solidifying energy/process
Vowel sounds are similar to Hawaiian and Spanish. There are no diphthongs.
Each vowel represents a cosmic energy or process. Although their names seem to be “things” or “elements,” they are really “actions” or “movements.” Universe creates through movement.
Exercise: Pronounce the vowels out loud. Imagine the type of process each vowel represents.
There are ten consonants if we count the null sound as a consonant. The consonant order is important for cosmological reasons.
The first five consonant glyphs read (top to bottom):
– K H N M
T R S Y W
In Nihongo, since there are no consonants per se, one would say, “a ka ha na ma ta ra sa ya wa.”
Exercise: Learn the order of the ten consonants, reciting “a ka ha na ma ta ra sa ya wa.”