The word ogham (pronounced OH-am) has been used to refer to:
The ogham alphabet is often called "beth luis nion". This is somewhat like the word "alphabet"; it comes from the names of the first, second, and fifth letters. The letters consist of one to five perpendicular or angled strokes, meeting or crossing a center line. The form of the letters allows them to be carved easily on objects of wood or stone, with the edge forming the center line. Most ogham inscriptions come from Ireland and Scotland.
Here is a discussion of the questions surrounding the origins of the ogham.
Michael Everson has proved links to every Ogham thing on the Web.
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