SIKHISM A POWERPOINT BY ROBERT APPLING ORIGINS OF SIKHISM Sikhism originated in the Punjab region of the Indian Subcontinent, near modern day Pakistan. It was founded by Guru Nanak, a
Hindu who took a different approach to religion and founded a new one based off of Hinduism and Islam. BELIEFS AND GODS Sikhs, or followers of Sikhism, believe that there is one god that is partially represented as any god from any other religion. They agree that all people of all religions, races, genders, and
religions are equal and can perform any religious ritual. Sikhs aim to become united with their god by living honestly and avoiding temptation. The concept of karma is also evident in Sikhism, as part of their definition of honest living, and reincarnation as well. They once turned to human Gurus for guidance, but now turn to their holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib. THE FIVE KS In Sikhism, there are five items that are commonly worn by Sikhs in order to show their faith in different ways. These items are:
1. The Kesh, or uncut hair. It symbolizes acceptance of gods choice for your appearance and simplicity. 2. The Kara, or steel bracelet. It symbolizes a connection to the gurus. 3. The Kanga, or wooden comb. It symbolizes a pure mind and body. 4. The Kaccha, or cotton underwear. It symbolizes chastity. 5. The Kirpan, or ceremonial sword. It symbolizes protecting the weak, spirituality, and struggle against injustice. FOLLOWERS, WORSHIP, AND ACTIONS
Sikhism has a global following of about 20 million people. They have no specific priests who lead worship, and anyone can lead a service. Sikhs worship at a Gurdwara, which is their form of temple. There are no holy artifacts in a Gurdwara, except for a copy of the Guru Granth Sahib. They direct their worship toward the book. A gurdwara will often contain a Langar, which is a free food kitchen. They only serve vegetarian food, not because it is important to their religion, but to ensure that others can eat there.
CONCLUSION Sikhism overall is a very welcoming religion, as it believes that the gods of all religions are true. They also admit everyone to their religion, no matter what gender, social class, or religion that they are from. While this religion is not commonly followed, learning about it can prove beneficial. WORKS CITED
Brar, Sandeep Singh. "Sikhism Religion of the Sikh People." Sikhism Religion of the Sikh People. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2016. "Religion: Sikhism." BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.
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