Sikh turban

Sikh turban

11 Things You Wanted to Know About My Turban But Were Too Afraid to Ask

As a follower of the Sikh faith I am, by design, recognized by my turban and my uncut hair. Sikhism is a religion of about 25 million people around the world. It’s the fifth largest world religion by population. Most of the religion’s followers are in India, but there are about 500,000 Sikhs in the United States. That’s a lot of turbans! And this simple item is the subject of a lot of unnecessary misunderstandings. So here are answers to the 10 questions I just know you want to ask about my turban, but were too afraid to ask.

11 Things You Wanted to Know About My Turban But Were Too Afraid to Ask
Why do Sikhs wear turbans? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Why do Sikhs wear turbans? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Simran Jeet Singh does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

PERIOD II — The Khalsa Period (~1700–1820)

PERIOD II — The Khalsa Period (~1700–1820)

The first type of turban we see in Sikh history is the type that the Gurus tied, and assumedly other affluent Sikhs in the times of the first 9 Gurus (and perhaps some Khalsa Sikhs as well). Contra to the perception that the Gurus created an altogether new and unique style of turban, they tied what we can call a royal Indic turban that was popular among the royal classes in North India at the time.

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The turban, a headgear previously only donned by the teachers soon became a feature with common folks. Guru Gobind Singh said that this turban was a mark of equality within the religion, establishing that all Sikhs were equal in the eyes of God and this is what set them apart. However, men initially adopted turbans and women just chose to wear a chuni.

Why are some Sikh women now wearing the turban?

Why are some Sikh women now wearing the turban?

Doris Jakobs, professor in religious studies at Waterloo University in Canada, has done some of the most in-depth research in this area. She says that women tying turbans are mostly Sikhs living outside of their traditional homeland of the Punjab in India.

Learn More About Sikhs And Our Contribution To America

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Born in the Punjab region of South Asia, Guru Nanak travelled far during his lifetime and taught the principles that have become the core of Sikh belief. Everywhere he travelled, a community of disciples arose, called Sikhs. The term Sikh literally means a student or disciple.

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He put the turban upon his head and set the gold rosette as symbol of holy dedication on the front of the turban as the Lord had commanded him. Moses then took the anointing oil, anointed the Tabernacle, and all that was within it and consecrated it. (Leviticus 8,9)

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Among Sikhs, the turban has traditionally been worn by men, while women cover their heads with a long scarf called a chunni or dupatta. However, Gobindpreet said some women do wear a turban as well.