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Sikhism – what is it?

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Sikhism – what is it?

  1. 1. Sikhism – what is it? Leanne, Samantha P-S, Samantha F and Kelly
  2. 2. What is Sikhism? http://resources.woodlands-junior. kent.sch.uk/homework /religion/images/sikhism/gur u.gif • Sikhism was discovered in the 16th century. • It was discovered by Guru Nanak • Sikhism is about doing good actions, not just carrying out rituals without a specific purpose. • Sikhs base their lives around God to being a dedicated member in the Sikh community. • Sikhs also believe that humans are in a cycle: birth, life, and rebirth. This belief is not just current in Sikhism, it is within Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism too. • Sikhs believe that God can't be understood as we’re human beings, but think he can be experienced through worship. • Sikhs believe God is inside everyone. As fragrance abides in the flower As reflection is within the mirror, So does your Lord abide within you, Why search for him without ? -Guru Nanak ••
  3. 3. Worship  Gurdwara; the place of worship for people who follow Sikhism  Guru; religious teacher  Guru Granth Sahib; is the holy book that Sikhs use  Granthi; the person who takes care of the Guru Granth Shaib and leads the worship in the Gurdwara
  4. 4. The 5 K’s  Kesh; long hair  Kachera; shorts worn by both females and males  Kangha; wooden comb  Kara; iron or steel bangle  Kirpan; sword
  5. 5. Sikh Weddings • The wedding process is known as Anand Karaj, this translates as ‘blissful union’. • Sikh weddings can be arranged and assisted by • the bride and groom’s parents. • Weddings tend to be very colourful and vibrant. Before the wedding the bride and groom have • During the service hymns are sung from the Guru Granth Sahib. •
  6. 6. Sikh weddings • The groom wears a sash and to ‘give the girl away’ the father of the bride places an end of the sash into the girl’s hand. • Then the couple walk around the Guru Granth Sahib 4 times (one per stanza of the hymn). • This is followed by ardass, this is a blessing which concludes the ceremony. • The bride then returns home to say goodbye to her family, this is called doli. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRx65h2yYUA (1.10 -3.00) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFrUihbDoy8 (up to 1.26) •
  7. 7. Food ਭੋਜਨ A Langar is always attached to a Gurdwara. A Langar is a ‘free food kitchen’ which only serves simple vegetarian meals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oCNXmUL4SU Sikhs are not bound to being vegetarians. They are just forbidden to eat ritually-slaughtered meat In Sikhism intoxication of any kind is prohibited. This includes alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
  8. 8. Thanks for listening!

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