Somali art is characterized by its aniconism, partly as a result of the vestigial influence of the pre-Islamic mythology of the Somalis coupled with their ubiquitous Muslim beliefs.
The Somali language is the official language of Somalia.
Somali art is the artistic culture of the Somali people, both historic and contemporary.
These include artistic traditions in pottery, music, architecture, wood carving and other genres.
Indigenous writing systems developed in the twentieth century include the Osmanya, Borama and Kaddare scripts, which were invented by Osman Yusuf Kenadid, Sheikh Abdurahman Sheikh Nuur and Hussein Sheikh Ahmed Kaddare, respectively.