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A Look at Sikhism


Here are a few facts about Sikhism and some of its guiding tenets:

— World's fifth-largest religion with more than 25 million followers.

— Originated in Punjab, India, more than 500 years ago.

— Monotheistic religion begun by Guru Nanak, the first prophet; nine gurus (enlighteners) have followed.

— Articles of faith include unshorn hair (kesh) to symbolize harmony with God, steel bracelet (kara), ceremonial dagger (kirpan), small comb (kanga) and kachera (soldier shorts).

— Turbans worn as commitment to faith.

— Belief in working for absolute equality, promoting social welfare and fighting against injustice as sacred duties.

Source: Sikh Coalition, Reuters, Religion News Service

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