Five Ks | Sikh religion (2024)

In Sikhism: Guru Gobind Singh and the founding of the Khalsa

…the wearing of the “Five Ks”—kes or kesh (uncut hair), kangha (comb), kachha (short trousers), kara (steel bracelet), and kirpan (ceremonial sword)—did not become an obligation of all Sikhs until the establishment of the Singh Sabha, a

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  • Five Ks | Sikh religion (1)

    In Sikhism: The 18th and 19th centuries

    …a clear statement of the Five Ks, which has since been adopted by all orthodox Sikhs. Marriage was also reformed according to Tat Khalsa views.

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    In Sikhism: Rites and festivals

    …are required to wear the Five Ks and to avoid four particular sins: cutting one’s hair, eating halal meat, having sexual intercourse with anyone other than one’s spouse, and using tobacco. Of these prohibitions, the injunction against halal meat has been heavily debated, and some Sikh sects interpret the text…

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    In Sikhism: Sects

    …interpretation of one of the Five Ks. Instead of accepting the kes, or uncut hair, they maintain that the command really stands for keski, which means a small turban that is normally worn under the main turban. In this group, men and women must wear this variety of turban. The…

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      In Sikhism: Rites and festivals

      …are required to wear the Five Ks and to avoid four particular sins: cutting one’s hair, eating halal meat, having sexual intercourse with anyone other than one’s spouse, and using tobacco. Of these prohibitions, the injunction against halal meat has been heavily debated, and some Sikh sects interpret the text…

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