Culture, meaning to cultivate, generally refers to patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures
that give such activities significance and importance. Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular
group of people encompassing language, beliefs, values, food, customs, traditions, institutions, rituals, ceremonies,
dress, tools, artifacts, and habits of the individuals of the group.
Havyaka culture is built upon centuries of history and heritage of ethical values. Havyaka culture is full of several unique
customs and traditions, which others might find intriguing. The canvas of Havyaka culture is vast and has hues and vibrancy
of all sorts that it defines the identity of Havyaka group of people.
Values & beliefs
The first, and perhaps most crucial, elements of culture are its values and beliefs.
Values help shape a culture and are critical for transmitting and teaching a culture's beliefs.
Our culture is based on several founding principles of Sanatana dharma and core civilizational values like truth,
respect, tolerance, family unity, honesty, dedication, duty-first approach, and hard work.
We generally place a high value on harmony and unity with others.
We believe in treating guests with respect and offering them the best of what we have.
Our values also emphasize education, both formal and informal.
We also value the arts and literature. We believe and worship all gods and goddesses.
Language is the sum of all human experience - work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes - since the beginning of humankind to express feelings, thoughts, emotions, desires, and beliefs. Language is the primary tool for expression and communication.
Language and culture are interlinked and you cannot understand one's culture without accessing its language. Moreover, language allows the organization and evolution of cultural values. Without language, there could be no society and possibly no culture. Language is the sitemap of a culture, and a particular language usually points out to a specific group of people.
Our ancestors spoke Sanskrit when they descended from Ahichchhatra to Banavasi during 4th century CE. Later, (maybe), the local lifestyle may have influenced our ancestors' lives and language. Though the origin of the language is a mystery, we, Havyakas speak a unique language called Havyaka language which draws more words from Sanskrit and ancient Kannada. During British Empire the areas under Bombay province were influenced by Marathi. So, Havyaka language also has a few Marathi words. Even today most Havyakas call their mother Aayi.
Havyaka language has no script of its own and we use Sanskrit script to write for most of the religious activities, and Kannada script for any other purpose. It is said that in the olden days Havyakas used to use Tikalaari script to write which does not exist anymore.
Havyaka language is considered as dialect of Kannada. But it is quite difficult to understand Havyaka language for Kannada speaking people. Today, with generation G and Z, the Havyaka language is heavily influenced by mainstream Kannada. It is true that changes in language often reflect the changing values of a culture!