Sikhism Research

Sikhism Research - Sikhism Overview Over 20 million Sikhs...

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Sikhism Overview - Over 20 million Sikhs worldwide, most of which live in Punjab province of India - Founded during 16 th  century in Punjab, based on teachings of Guru Nanak and  the 9 gurus after him - The most important part of Sikhism is the religious state of individual - A monotheistic religion - Stresses importance of charitable actions over rituals - Place of worship called the Gurdwara; closest Sikh temple the Philadelphia Sikh  Society Customs - The 5 K’s -physical symbols worn by individuals initiated into Khalsa -show devotion to the faith and Guru - Kesh, uncut hair -shows one is accepting God, a simple life, denial of pride -both men and women are forbidden to trim or cut any body hair - Kara, steel bracelet -shows restraint, gentility, connection to Guru, link to community -not made of gold or other metal because not showy item - Kanga, wooden comb -symbolizes clean body and mind -does not interfere with bodily concerns - Kaccha, cotton underwear -worn by Sikh warriors during 18 th -19 th  centuries -today symbolizes chastity - Kirpan, steel sword
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2012 for the course ANTH 101 taught by Professor Storniolo during the Winter '12 term at Drexel.

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