Fun and Interesting Facts About Sikhism
Many people know very little about any religion other than their own. I believe that everybody should know at least a few facts about each of the world’s most popular religions. Sikhism is the world’s fifth largest religion, with over 23 million adherents worldwide. Therefore, without any further ado, here are a few fun and interesting facts about Sikhism.
- Sikhism is a monotheistic religion, which emerged in India in the 16th century.
- The main goal of Sikhism is to build a close and loving relationship with God.
- God, according to Sikh tradition, has 99 names.
- The founding teacher of Sikhism was Guru Nanek Dev, who was born in 1469 to a Hindu family. He was the first of ten.
- Many Sikhs recite the fist hymn composed by Guru Nanek Dev, entitled Mool Mantar, daily.
- The word "Sikhism" is derived from the word "Sikh," which means a strong and able disciple.
- The Sikhs reject the Hindu caste system.
- Sikhs are often mistaken for Muslims, because the male adherents wear turbans, and do not shave their beards, or cut their hair.
- Sikhs are forbidden to smoke or drink alcohol.
- The sacred text of Sikhism is the Adi Granth, which is their ultimate source of authority and doctrine.
- Sikhism forbids the representation of god in any image, as well as the worship of idols.
- Sikhs believe in the Hindu concepts of karma, samsara, and reincarnation. Only by being born into a human life can one obtain salvation.
- The most common name middle name among followers of Sikhism is Singh.
- Sikhism’s most important holidays are called gurpurbs and celebrate the birthday or martyrdom of one of their gurus.
- Most Sikh holidays are celebrated with a ritual involving a 48-hour reading of the Adi Granth.
I hope that this article will shed a little light on the lesser known and understood religion of Sikhism. Taking the time to learn a little bit about the beliefs of others will help us to become a more understanding and accepting world.