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Transcript of Sikhism

Sikhism Origins Pattern of Diffusion Hierarchal Diffusion
small populations of Sikhs have gone to North America, Australia, and China to start small communities
Has mainly stayed in Southwest Asia

This is a universal religion. Core Beliefs Mool Mantar There is only one God
His Name is Truth
He is the Creator
He is without fear
He is without hate
He is beyond time
He is beyond birth and death
He is self-existent. The Khanda The Khanda is very symbolic. It consists of " a ring of steel representing the Unity of God, a two edged sword symbolizing God's concern for truth and justice, and two crossed swords curved around the outside to signify God's spiritual power." Originated in the Punjab region of Northwestern India ((present day Pakistan))

founded by Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in the 15th century
This is the main prayer of the Sikhs. Sihks are strictly monotheistic
the goal of sikhism is to form a close relationship with God
They believe in Kharma and reincarntion.
repetitive cycle of life and death--samsara
Sikhs deeply reject the caste system. Who Can Be A Sikh? Anybody who believes in "One Immortal Being", ten Gurus (teacher-leaders) the Guru Granth Sahib, the teachings of the ten Gurus, and the baptism given by the tenth Guru; and who does not belong to any other religion. What are Their Practices? Sikhs pray many times a day, and are not allowed to worship idols, images, or icons. They worship at temples, the most famous of which being the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) at Amritsar. They also are not allowed to have any intoxicating substances,including alcohol and tobacco. They focus on a deep, personal relationship with God. The Golden Temple Holy Books
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