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Subject: What language is this?
Question: http://tattoosstyles.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/spine-tattoo-3.jpg

What language is this and what does this phrase mean? If you don't
know, how would I go about finding the answer to my questions?

Reply: I believe it's Tibetan, written in a particular cursive (dbu med "headless") style, and
says "om mani padme hum". Compare the second Tibetan line here:


--Norvin Richards
Reply From: Norvin Richards      click here to access email
Date: 10-Jan-2014
Other Replies:
  1. Re: What language is this?    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (10-Jan-2014)
  2. Re: What language is this?    James L Fidelholtz     (10-Jan-2014)

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