Kasargod offers a variety of patterns of arts which
speaks volumes about the rich cultural heritage of regions. The
spectacular pageant of Theyyam deities impassinated - raises Kasargod
into a land of fabulous fantasies. The symphonic melody created
by Yakshgana, Kambala (buffallo race), Cock fight etc. of the Thulanad
culture, thrilling along with poorakkali, Kolkali, Duff Mutt, Oppana
etc. enchants the visitors.
Kasargod is a land of different languages. The
languages without script are also used here. Tulu, Kannada, Malayalam,
Konkani, Tamil and other local languages are the popular.
VARIOUS CULTURE IN KASARGOD
The Hindus, Muslims,and the Christians, live side by
side, each influencing and getting influenced by the culture of the
other. Communal harmony and religious tolerance are the noteworthy characteristics
of the people.
Though the people speak different languages there is
no barrier on the cultural unity. Mosques, Temples and Churches stand side
by side as symbols of communal cohesion.
The major religious groups are the Hindus, Muslims and
Ambalavasis, Thiyyas, Yadavas and Kammalas are the major divisions of
Hindu community. Thiyyas of the district are known as Belechappad and
Poojaris. Yadavas are also known as Maniyanis. There are divisions among
the Brahmins such as Shivally, Havyak, Karhada and Kota. Shivally Brahmins
consists of Agithaya, Kayarthaya, Kadanbalithaya, Kaikillaya, Ballullaya,
Punichithaya etc. Bhats are known as the Havyak Brahmins. The Gouda
Saraswatha Brahmins or the Konkinis, can also be seen here, small in
number. Nambiar, Kurup etc. are the sub divisions of the Nair community.
Kammalas are artisans like Thattan (goldsmith), Perumkollan (blacksmith),
The Muslims of the district are very pious and they follow rigid religious
customs. The family background and daily life of the muslims are conducive
to a devout life. In addition to the ritualistic prayers, individually
or in congregation special prayers are offered on special occasions
such as the funeral, Ramzan nights and during Ramzan and Bakrid festivals.
Special supplications are made at the death anniversary of Saints which
is known as Uroos. The purdha system is observed more
strictly here by Muslim women than in any other parts of the State.
The Christians dominate eastern portion in the district. They are settled
mainly in the eastern hilly areas. They are settlers from the southern
parts of Kerala. During the year 1943 the first settlers came to Rajapuram.
The main Christian settlement are Thanapuram, Palavayal, Vellerikkundu,
Cherupuzha, Bedadukka, Pulingome, Karivedakam, Malom, Balal, Kanhiradukkam,
Kadumeni, Mallakkallu, Panathady, and Cheemeni. These hilly terrains
are converted into rich plantations by these people.