Whangarei Sikh Society

Aug. 28, 2018, 10:33 a.m.

The Turban:

The Sikh religion wear turbans to cover their uncut hair in a clean manner. The turban is the most recognizable feature of a sikh and has been an imprtant part of the Sikh religion since its conception. 

When the Sikh faith developed from the 15th to 18th centuries in South Asia, the turban was worn only by royalty, higher classes and elites of society. However, a core teaching of the Sikh faith was that all people are equal. As such it was mandated that all Sikhs initiated into the faith cover heads with a turban, thereby signifying the equal status among the faiths followers. 

The turban for Sikhs, is a gift given by their 10th Gur- Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji during the formation years of the Sikh religion. As mentioned, the turban signifies constant affirmation that all human beings are equal in the eyes of god.Sikh have gone to great lenths to preserve their identity. Even in war both world war 1 and 2, the Sikh regiment of the British Indian Army have repeatedly denied the use of a bulletproof helmets at it would not allow them to wear the turban.

Sikhs, both men and women generally keep unshorn hair, as they believe that the hair is apart of their body that serves a purpose in their spritual well-being. Therefore, the turbanhelps them to keep themselves presentable in the wider public.

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