Haifatnehti People (hai.'fat.nɛ.ti / 'haɪ.fat.''nɛ:.ti)
Major language groups and dialects
The most notable differences among the Haifatmizti dialects are evident in Agratekmizti, rarely used outside the Agratekt Isthmus, has retained a number of pronunciation and syntactice features that have since changed or been lost in other dialects, and it has only been minimally influenced by the language spoken by the Northern Crusaders, in part because the comparatively arid, inhospitable land of Agratekt proved to be an effective base of resistance against the Crusade. Thus, Agratekmizti sounds rather archaic, even literary, in the ears of other Haifatnehti people.
Andaeni (Andaen Haifatmizti) stands out from other Haifatmizti dialects in a great many ways. Phonologically, Andaeni speakers tend to pay less attention to the usage of long versus short vowels. For instance, while a short 'i' /i/ and a long 'ii' /i:/ have been phonemic in Haifatmizti dialects historically, speakers born and raised in Andaen often fail to make this distinction to the confusion of others. Also notable is that Andaeni syllable stress is influenced by addition of suffixes to a word, unlike in the other dialects; this is seen in the pronunciation of the adjective Haifatnehti (from the noun Haifatneh): The second syllable is always stressed in most dialects (Haifatneh and Haifatnehti), but Andaeni speakers stress the third syllable when the suffix is added (Haifatneh, but Haifatnehti). Andaeni sentence structure also deviates somewhat from that of the other dialects, with Andaeni sentences frequently starting with the subject whereas this is an uncommon structure in the other dialects. (Haifatmizti has historically been a verb-subject-object language.)
Common Etiquette rules
Haifatnehti are quite averse to wearing their outdoor footwear in private settings, and it is expected that hosts will make alternative footwear (usually reed sandals or slippers) available for guests. Relatedly, sitting in a posture that causes the soles of one's shoes or sandals to face another person is considered quite offensive, with the exact degree of offense being related to the state of one's footwear.
When Haifatnehti gather for meals, it is commonplace for the host (in a public setting) or the guests (in a private setting) to briefly describe one or two wishes. While generic, catch-all wishes for good health and fortune are quite acceptable, a specific wish relevant to the other parties at the table, or to the situation or current events in one's local, is considered particularly socially graceful.
Common Dress code
In all but the southernmost reaches and highest-altitude locales in the Haifatneh Basin, Haifatnehti dress for most of the year consists of long, loose, linen robes, trousers and hoods that cover most of one's skin from the sun while being breathable and airy enough to take advantage of refreshing breezes coming in from the sea. Robes are usually light colored but not white, since sand and dust would show easily on bright white clothing. For long outings, Haifatnehti also bring woolen shawls or hoods with them in anticipation of the noticeable drop in temperature after dusk. In the winter, which is often cool and moist in the Haifatneh Basin, linen robes are replaced with woolen counterparts. On the hottest days of the year, hooded robes are accompanied by headbands keeping the hair off one's forehead and, conversely, to keep sweat out of one's hair. Throughout the year, sturdy, securely strapped leather sandals are the norm as far as footwear goes, though these will be left outside or in entry halls in favor of reed slippers in private residences.
In the higher altitudes of Vishan Alay and the Tahwame Bounds, light linens are largely eschewed in favor of wool and leather. In high-altitude settlements that are relatively distant from major cities, durability is valued over fashion and comfort to a greater extent than it is in the Basin's lowlands.
Andaeni dress readily stands out from other Haifatnehti styles due to the diverse influences of the Northern crusaders, Takheti sailors, and Saukkanese visitors as well as the occasional excesses that come with wealth. Andaeni fashion tends to favor more form-fitting clothes, sometimes with a brightly dyed vest worn over them for business and social outings. Robes themselves tend to be more heavily dyed and embroidered as well, sometimes as an overt show of wealth or attention to new fashion trends. Perhaps what stands out the most, however, is that a number of Haifatnehti people in Andaen wear closed toe shoes, mostly those who spend little time out in the elements throughout the day.
Art & Architecture
In relatively well established or wealthy residences, interior courtyards are popular as well, providing outdoor spaces which nonetheless have abundant shade. The original intent behind this design was to build a manor or small fortress around a central well so that residents had easy access to water that was protected from potential marauders or assailants, but the practice has since been adopted for the floor plans of most large houses.
Common Customs, traditions and rituals
Funerary and Memorial customs
Common Myths and Legends
Many Haifatnehti legends hail from the Crusade and the Reconquest, or else from feats of survival and adapation in the face of the hard years that came afterward. One consequence of the devastation wrought by the Crusade and the Reconquest was a considerable loss of cultural knowledge and individual family histories dating from before that period.
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